More than 120 high school students from 30 Jefferson County schools are participating this week in “Money Express” at the Collat School of Business on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“Money Express” was developed by Stephanie Yates, an associate professor in the UAB School of Business and director of
the Institute of Financial Literacy. Over four days, students learn about money management by attending classes on budgeting, credit, college and student loans, saving, investing, shopping wisely, and charitable giving.
The four-day workshop is the first component in the three-part Career Journey 2017, which began Monday and wraps up in late July. The second component, “Are You Job Ready?”, focuses on preparedness for work and will be June 12-15 at Lawson State Community College. After completing the first two sections, students will be placed in paid work internships at job sites throughout the Birmingham area.
This year’s Career Journey for the first time includes 11 student ambassadors who completed last year’s program. The members of the group – comprised of nine high school graduates and two rising seniors – have received specialized training on self-advocacy and leadership and are serving as mentors to the current crop of students. When the classroom portion of this summer’s program wraps up, the ambassadors will participate in a second paid work experience.