As many of my regular readers know, I’ve been trying to start a financial literacy program for high school students. This is a subject I’m very passionate about because my vicious cycle of debt began in high school, as did countless others when they decided they needed loans for college and credit cards to “build credit”.
I’ve focused on reaching out to the program coordinator of a national non-profit organization that works with high school and college students preparing them for strong futures regarding volunteering where ever I can. I decided it may be a good idea to talk to the program director at the non-profit to solicit some pointers on how that program operates.
I began telling her about my idea and she was very excited to say the least. She said that what I was doing was a great idea and it was something that is right on time because she’s planning a financial literacy day for the students in the non profit program. Although she already tentatively booked a few major banks and other financial institutions, she asked me if I’d be interested in doing a presentation for the students.
How awesome is that! Of course I said yes! I’m so excited…my first speaking engagement! I’ve been working consistently on my presentation; I have a solid 3 weeks to prepare for it. I’ll be talking to 30 high school students about financial literacy and managing their money. Not only is this opportunity a great starting point for what I want to do regarding reaching out to young people about understanding finances, this is a great reason for me to cram in as much knowledge as possible regarding personal finance in general.
I’ve been reading several books on the subject (like 3 to 4 books at a time), and I’m going to be starting a finance/accounting course next week that should provide some good background.