Youth Conference Promotes Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship

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A financial education, entrepreneurship and college preparatory conference for students and Money Management Workshops for parents was held Saturday, March 7 at UC Berkeley, hosted by Life Courses Inc.

The 2015 one-day Youth Education Conference drew about 50 students and 30 parents and volunteers.

Wayne Sutton, entrepreneur and general partner of BUILDUP, was the featured keynote speaker.

A morning activity taught students about competencies needed for marketing and finance. In the afternoon, they took part in an activity where they built a business and pitched it to Sutton and two other judges for feedback.

Parents participated in breakout sessions, “Know your rights,” facilitated by DeWitt Lacey, Attorney from the Law Offices of John L. Burris; and “Equity & Advocacy for Students,” facilitated by Nicole Anderson, Association of California School Administrators.

The conference was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, EY and Bank of the West.

Life Courses Inc. co-founder Nicole Felix hopes to broaden student’s horizons and provide them with exposure to education and life experiences that will help mold their development. She says these lessons resonate most positively with middle school youth, who are at a pivotal time in their development.

“I always tell students, think beyond your block. Your current situation doesn’t define your destination. Through Life Courses’ education, mentorship and exposure, we teach middle school students these lessons,” she said.

Felix and co-founder Tyehimba Jelani were students at Cal State Eastbay and active members of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) when they formed Life Courses Inc.

To learn more about Life Courses Inc., visit www.lifecoursesinc.org

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