Money. Money? Money! Whatever you think of it, you can’t simply disregard it. Money is a huge part of your life. It can determine what you can do and where you can go.
The financial challenges for students’ lives can be especially daunting. You, as a student, might think that the money management is, or should be, a simple business– just make sure that the amount of money leaving your bank account every month is smaller than or equal to the amount going out to pay your bills… The idea couldn’t be simpler, but dealing with financial pressure is hard.
For instance, the use of credit cards can be good things. They are convenient–and essential for renting a car, buying a plane ticket, and reserving a hotel room all of which you may have to do when you graduate the Job Corps and obtain promising and successful career.
There is a right way to use credit cards; unfortunately, credit-card companies make their money by getting people to use their cards the wrong way.
All these topics and more have been presented to Potomac students during the Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship educational workshop provided by The Operation Hope- America’s leading provider of economic tools and services.
“Like everything else in life, the decisions you make today have implications for your future”, stated Jahi Davis, Financial Literacy trainer of the Operation Hope. “Money should empower, not intimidate. I believe that anyone, once taught, can successfully manage his/her own finances”.
Two hour workshop has been an eye opener for over 20 students that attended the event. From the balancing the check book to improving the credit score, students learned extensive information about the importance of becoming financially competent and proficient.
“When the partnership was created between Operation Hope and the Potomac Job Corps Center, our mutual goal was to empower students’ financial education by offering real life financial scenarios in the classrooms”, said Peter Akim, Interim Center Director of the Potomac Job Corps Center. “Students’ active and direct involvement with the financial tools and services available will boost their confidence by highlighting the ability to manage their income properly”.