Students at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn are involved in a new educational program – and they will be able to earn money in the process.
Through its after-school program, BTW and Electus Global Education Co. – which provides technology to help children learn financial, entrepreneurial and life management skills – are collaborating to “deliver the first financial and educational technology that empowers children to learn how- to acquire and develop vital financial and professional skills,” according to a press release.
“We are thrilled to partner with Electus Global Education Co. to provide the young people we serve with this new educational opportunity to develop important life skills at a very young age to learn, earn, save and manage their personal finances,” Denise Farrington, the center’s executive director, said in the press release.
Brandon Wakeham, the center’s program director, told The Citizen that the organization has been working with Electus on a new program since January.
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The students took two sessions, which Wakeham says are integrated with Microsoft Office. Currently, students focus on Microsoft Word, including the basics like bolding words, changing font sizes, and more. Twenty-four students, all in fifth or sixth year, are currently enrolled in the program.
Once they learn enough, students will complete “educational tasks,” where they read an article, watch a video, or do something else educational, he continued, and then respond to them through emails. an essay or “sort of project” in Microsoft Word. . Each project is worth a certain amount of real money, with the money a student could earn increasing with the complexity of the task.
Students will receive their own debit cards with their names on them. Wakeman said the students were excited to be able to earn money, while completing educational tasks and learning financial literacy.
“It’s actually one of the coolest projects we’ve ever done,” Wakeham said.
An instructor in California worked with the students on the Zoom video conferencing service. Wakeham noted that former state senator Mike Nozzolio pitched the idea to Denise Farrington. The funds the students will receive during their assignments have been donated by people and identities such as Nozzolio himself, National Banks of Lyons and the Muldrow Group.
The program won’t be limited to the center, Wakeham said, as students will be able to log on from home or anywhere they have access to a computer “so they can make as much money or as little money as possible.” they want it, it just depends on how much time they have and how much time they want to spend on it.”
“So many kids talk about how many tests they’re going to do at home, (how) they’re going to make so much money,” Wakeham said. “They are so excited.”
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