Free financial literacy camp for kids coming to CoBiz

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Free financial literacy camp for kids comes to CoBiz
Photo courtesy of the DREAM Financial Academy.

By Kathy Chouteau

Soulful Softball Sunday and the D.R.E.A.M. Financial Academy are teaming up to offer Richmond kids ages 6-18 free financial know-how—and some money to boot—via the “D.R.E.A.M. Financial Academy Financial Literacy Camp” in Richmond.

The camp is available Wednesdays starting now through March 29 from 4-5 p.m. at CoBiz Richmond, 1503 Macdonald Ave. in downtown Richmond. Kids will be divided by age into two groups for the classes during the same timeframe: Those 6-10 years old and 11-18 years old. As an added bonus, students will be awarded $25 per session and a bonus of $50 at the end of the camp so that they can earn while they learn.

Curley Miller of D.R.E.A.M. Financial Academy said that they are “Empowering youth to think differently about finances” and are “inspiring them to succeed” via the camp’s classes. She called it a game changer, and said they’re “teaching young children the important aspects of financial literacy and responsibility,” which is “important for sustainable economic growth in Richmond.”

The class topics include: Tools to build your dream; finding the right career; budgeting/comparison shopping needs vs. wants; and rainy day savings/investing, credit, starting your own business and closing/graduation.

As of this writing, the class has already kicked off (one class in), however, it is still open to students. To join the current session, go to CoBiz Wed., March 1. For more info, contact D.R.E.A.M. Financial Academy at (510) 593-1018.

“It’s truly an honor to collaborate with D.R.E.A.M. on this project it’s desperately needed for our children,” Rodney Alamo Brown of Soulful Softball Sunday.