In 2004, Charles Schwab Foundation and BGCA formed a partnership to educate teens about the basics of personal finance, financial planning, and the importance of smart money management. A decade later, Jim Clark shares why these goals are more important than ever.
Featured on the Schwab Talk Blog, Jim talks about BGCA’s contributions to American youth, and his advice to kids and their parents.
Why We Love Boys & Girls Clubs of America: A Conversation with BGCA President and CEO Jim ClarkCSP: What is BGCA’s biggest contribution to young people?JC: As an organization that’s been helping kids succeed for more than a century, it’s difficult to pinpoint just one area. But the structure and consistency of the Club Experience has changed, and even saved, countless young lives. And the foundation of our success has always been our Club staff members and volunteers. They are the role models, coaches and mentors who give young people the essential guidance and counsel they need to succeed.
Also, don’t miss a post from our National Money Matters Ambassador, Austin McHenry.
From 8-Year-Old to Entrepreneur: How the Boys & Girls Club Helped Me Find My WayI was always a kid who was excited to learn, regardless of the topic, and my Boys & Girls Club family taught me a lot. They offer a long list of youth programs at the Club, but there’s one program that impacted me the most Money Matters: Make It Count (SM). It’s a financial literacy program for teens developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Charles Schwab Foundation, and it surpassed any expectations I had when I first started the program. Through Money Matters I gained exposure to all of the financial aspects of having a job, which became a real-life experience for me when I was in eighth grade and started my first job earning a paycheck.
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