HS students attend life skills conference on campus

Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Inc., the Williamson College of Business Administration and the Associated School Employees Credit Union, through the Ohio Credit Union Foundation, announce the 5th annual financial life skills conference, “Financial Starting Points,” for area high school students Thursday, April 19, at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center.

The Junior Achievement logo.Six-hundred area high school students and 28 educators will receive education and hands-on experience in three areas of financial literacy: managing credit, investing in their future, and building a personal budget. YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson is the keynote speaker.

During the conference, each student is given a salary and will visit different community booths to determine monthly expenses such as food, housing, transportation, clothing, education and more. Based on their given salaries they will have to make tough budget decisions.

“It’s very important to give young adults the opportunity to learn good money management skills,” said Michele Merkel, president of Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Inc. “We challenge high school students to think about how they can become financially prepared to rent an apartment, buy a car, attend post-secondary education, or whatever their goals may be.”