Youth Learn Financial Lessons

June 4, 2012

Last week, eleven Arise Academy Charter High School students graduated from UAC's Financial Advancement Network (FAN) Club program. Arise is the nation's only charter high school dedicated to serving high school students in foster care.  Founded with the assistance of UAC, it will graduate its third class of students on June 12th. 

The FAN Club, is part of the Driver's Seat Fostering Independence program, funded through the generosity of Sun Life Financial. Students participated in a 6-week entrepreneurship and financial literacy course. Using what they learned, at the end, these budding entrepreneurs walked away with one-, three-, and five-year financial and life plans.   

In addition, as part of the successful completion of the course, students received a $50 award and are guaranteed a summer job in UAC's  Summer Youth Employment Program

At the graduation ceremony, UAC CEO Sharmain Matlock-Turner told the students, " I encourage you to follow your dreams and create your own window of opportunity if you don't see a door that's already open for you." Arise CEO, Gabriel Kuriloff and FAN Club program manger, Tiffany Thurman also attended the event and offered their congratulations to the students.