The Young Investor Program Canada is honoured to be the recipients of the Nova Star Award, given to organizations that have carried out their objectives with creativity and innovation, all while responding to the needs of the community. 

Ask any high school teacher and they will tell you how difficult it is to teach students about financial literacy. It isn’t exactly what gets people hopping out of bed every morning. As a result, many students lack financial skills upon graduation and this can have many negative, long-term implications.

By working closely with local teachers, this volunteer group created financial literacy workshops that are engaging, interactive, and fun. In the first year of their program, they received 90 applications to participate. In the following year, the team received over 135 applications, with most applications coming from word of mouth. This level of interest is testament to their success in creating a program that engages youth and inspires them to take an interest in learning about financial literacy.

After the first year of the program, the team received messages from the students saying how the workshops have positively impacted their lives and how they are now knowledgeable in make informed financial decisions. Many students expressed how financial problems at home resulted in stress and conflict, but that they now feel they will be able to make an impact on their family’s financial situation with the knowledge they have gained.

With soaring Canadian debt levels in our country, programs like this are what our communities need to effectively educate the next generation of young adults.

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