Investing in Our Youth: Dollars & Sense Finance Camp

WMU Finance Summer Camp

Manage Money and Make Friends at WMU’s Dollars & Sense Finance Camp

If there’s one thing foremost on a teenager’s mind, it’s money.

Though parents may hear their children asking for money, it is often one of the most overlooked, and yet crucial, skills needed as an adult. As parents, we want our children to have the proper skill set to manage money and become financially independent.

WMU’s Dollars & Sense Finance Camp, for students who have completed Grades 7-12, covers this and more. Tween and Teens will learn how the economy works, how the stock market functions, investing, budgeting, and other financial concepts.

In this one-week camp, hosted by the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, students learn about more than 10 different finance topics that impact the world in general and themselves as individuals.

WMU Finance Summer Camp

Why Finance Camp?

The truth is, many parents never learned about money or investing when we were younger and wished we had.

WMU Dollars & Sense Camp lays the foundation for sound financial habits including understanding financial vocabulary, goal setting, budgeting, investing, saving for college, and more.

Taught by WMU faculty members, classes include two real-world projects along with a trip to Chicago to visit the stock exchanges.

All classes are located in WMU’s Greenleaf Trust Trading Room, housed within the Haworth College of Business. The trading room gives a glimpse into a Wall Street environment right in Kalamazoo, equipped with the software and tools that finance professionals use every day.

Students start the camp with an interest in money management and finance, and we see that grow throughout the week as they get hands-on practice with different financial concepts and see the impact that financial planning makes long-term in people’s lives.

Students walk away from the camp more confident and asking the right questions about the stock market and their personal finances, which helps them to be better financial decision makers in the future.  It was encouraging to hear almost all the campers say that they will work as many hours as possible while in college and get by with used cars in order to minimize their student debt!

– Jim P. DeMello, Chairman, Department of Finance and Commercial Law

Real Life Financial Projects + Trip to Chicago = An Unforgettable Week

A summer camp option with substance. Sessions are discussion-based, interactive and FUN. Camp attendees will work on two special projects.

  1. Project 1 – Select stocks based on data and research and chart the progress of those stocks in real-time throughout the week.
  2. Project 2 -Design a life cycle financial plan, laying out where you want to be in terms of your personal finances and life goals and how you are going to get there—from today through retirement.

And, how’s this for a real-life opportunity?

Attendees will take a trip to Chicago to visit the stock exchanges, meet with brokers and other finance professionals.

An Investment Worth Making

Register ONLINE for one of two camp sessions:

  • June 24-28, 2019 for students that have completed grades 10, 11 and 12
  • August 19-23, 2019 for students that have completed grades 7, 8 and 9

Camp runs daily from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM with the bus trip to Chicago on Wednesday for each camp session.

Don’t delay – Registration deadline is June 1, 2019.

Our youth will be immersed in the world of finance and learn how to harness its power to help them succeed not only in business but in life as they develop tools to create and maintain a personal budget and save for the future.

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