A new program offered through YouthQuest aims to give students the tools they need to take control of their financial futures.
The Banking On Our Future (BOOF) financial dignity program is currently being piloted at six YouthQuest sites, thanks to a partnership with Operation HOPE and Huntington Bank. As part of the pilot program, students are learning about five main concepts:
BOOF’s curriculum can be modified to meet the needs of students from third through 12th grade, according to Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers YouthQuest.
“We’re excited to show our students that it’s never too early to start thinking about business, entrepreneurship and money management,” Hunyady says. “In fact, the earlier, the better!”
For now, BOOF is being treated as a club at six YouthQuest sites. In time, the initiative will grow to all sites and include HOPE Business in a Box Academies youth entrepreneurship program at the high school level. Once students advance to the entrepreneurship program, they will learn how to develop a business idea and financial plan.
To learn more about the Hope Business in a Box Academies, click here.