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CSUF Sponsors Financial Fitness Camp

June 12, 2014

What:

Incoming 11th-graders from area schools will be learning how to be smart with money, including how to buy and sell stocks, through a June 16-19 Financial Fitness Camp sponsored by Cal State Fullerton's Center for Economic Education.

When:

Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 19
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:

Cal State Fullerton, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton 92831

Additional:

Approximately 50 students are expected to attend the summer program. Topics of instruction will include: economic principles, money management, financial investing, insurance and identity protection, as well as earning income and playing the stock market game.

Why:

The goal is to not only to provide youth with financial skills, but also to encourage them to pursue a college education, explained Radha Bhattacharya, professor of economics and center director, which oversees the program. "This program goes beyond financial literacy and shows students that through the act of saving every month, it is possible to make the opportunity of a college education a reality," she said.

Background:

The program is part of the U.S. Bank Economic Empowerment Program instituted three years ago. The program teaches students the importance and power of savings and also matches every $10 a participating student deposits each month into a college savings account.

Most of the participants in the summer program are expected to come from the empowerment program, which is funded by a combination of private and public funds, including a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assets for Independence.

Media Contacts:

Radha Bhattacharya, Center for Economic Education, 657-278-3652
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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