Carleton Place to contribute to Chamber’s AIM program for High School kids
High school students in Carleton Place can look forward to getting an introduction to various economic skills not typically covered in their regular curriculum.
At a meeting of the town’s Policy review Committee Tuesday, Councillors directed staff to include a contribution to the Chamber of Commerce’s Advocacy, Investment and Mentorship program in the 2019 budget.
The AIM program, as it is known, started as a pilot project in 2016 where the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce presented a one-day financial literacy program to 138 Grade 8 students at Carleton Place high school.
Following a successful trial run, funded by the chamber, the program was expanded and offered again in 2018 to 100 students at Notre Dame High School and 150 at Carleton Place and District High School.
With positive feedback from students, parents and school faculty, the Chamber has entered into a three year partnership with Junior Achievement, Canada’s largest not for profit business education organization since 1955, in order to offer these annual programs until 2020.
The Chamber asked the town to participate in the project and, as of Tuesday night, Carleton Place will contribute $2000 each year, representing 40% of the program’s cost, until 2020 with the rest funded by the schools and the Chamber.
The program has people from local businesses volunteer their time to teach students financial and economic skills from a local perspective.
Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Treasurer Dave Hands tells Lake 88 that the future of the local economy depends on educating the Youth. “We can marshal the resources of our community to support these young people and impart the skills, the guidance and the mentorship that they need to be successful. I think this is a worthwhile investment for all of us,” he said.
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