Banking on Our Future Philadelphia partnered with NASDAQ last month to host an interactive and engaging career day for 23 seniors from Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz provided opening remarks to the students, emphasizing the importance of understanding money management earlier rather than later. Jennifer Brower, Banking on Our Future Program Manager, provided a presentation on the importance of managing money responsibly via the ‘BOOF’ Curricula foundational module: A Course in Dignity.
During the day, students were provided with real-world scenarios that helped them identify the inter-relational qualities of personal finance, values, priorities, and goals.
In addition, students had the opportunity to learn more about investing by touring the NASDAQ trading floor and participate in a simulated trading session using Apple Stock. Students were able to observe their stock increase/decrease in real time and calculate their profits/losses based on the decision to trade or buy more of their stock. The WHYY radio clip below highlights this exercise:
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This was an incredible opportunity for the students, as this was the first time that NASDAQ OMX PHLX opened its doors to host a career day event. Many thanks to Barry Nobel, Vice President of Marketing and Patricia Urban, Director of Human Resources, with NASDAQ, who were responsible for making this happen.