Money Matters Youth Camp teaches financial literacy

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan presents tips for success

July 16, 2009

DETROIT - Young people will learn some of the tools they need to become successful in life at the Money Matters Youth Camp, featuring investment advisor and author Gail Perry-Mason and a presentation by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. It will be held July 20-24 at the Cooper Community Room on the Wayne County Community College Eastern Campus, located at 5901 Conner in Detroit.

The five-day workshop, founded by Perry-Mason, was designed to teach young people financial literacy in investment strategies and give them an introduction to economics, budgeting, investing and other resources that can help them to build wealth.

As part of the youth camp experience, BCBSM will be presenting a seminar on its Blue Line to Success program, which is designed to empower high school students and provide them with a forum for discussing career and life goals.

A popular feature of the program is the Reality Store, where students select an occupation of interest. They are given a salary equivalent for that occupation and then proceed through the store, visiting booths to determine how much of their income they will need for the lifestyle they desire. The Reality Store was developed by Business and Professional Women/USA, an organization that promotes equality for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.

"Our strategic partnership with the Business and Professional Women/Michigan Chapter allows us to use the Reality Store as part of the Blue Line to Success program," said Angela Wynn, BCBSM senior community liaison for Diversity and Community Responsibility. "It plays a key role in helping young people set priorities, meet goals and make competent decisions."

As a Michigan-based company with a 70-year history, BCBSM's Blue Line to Success program and partnership with the Business and Professional Women/Michigan Chapter reflects its commitment to giving young people learning opportunities and experiences that help prepare them for financial independence. Another example of that commitment is the company's summer internship program, which provides college students with career experience and job opportunities, helping to keep young talent in Michigan.

BCBSM also has a wide range of programs dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Michigan's youth.

Parents can get a preview of the Money Matters camp experience at a special parent orientation on July 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at the WCCC Eastern Campus.

For more information about the camp or the orientation, contact Ivory Davis at 1-313-943-4049.

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