Summer is on its way! The school semester ends in about two weeks but the mechanisms of education does not stop, it keeps going and going and going until one day you are walking down the college graduation aisle. But does education stop there? Or does it take on another face, not so much academics but analytical?
The many facets of a good education
The analytical, social, spiritual and emotional aspect of education is generally ignored by New York City Department of Education. In many Brooklyn public schools there are no youth enrichment programs that nurture these facets of education. Some might say it is not a crucial part of education but, the history of education demonstrates otherwise when the success level of past students are juxtapose with today’s students. To endorse the importance of incorporating the many facets of an education in an academic environment, this article begins a series of summer articles focusing on city and nationwide youth enrichment programs.
An enrichment program
Do you recall when you first learned about the value of money? Some might say it was as a senior in high school when they were told by their parents there was not enough money for them to attend the college of their choice. Some might say it was when they realized they could not offer to purchase a car. Or, some might even say they are still learning because they are unable to balance their checkbook? Banking on Our Future is an economic enrichment program that not only teaches kids how to balance a checkbook and the importance of saving, it also teaches the value of good money management and the benefits of good spending habits.
Founded in 1992 by John Hope Bryant, Operation Hope concentrates on what Mr. Bryant terms a “silver rights movement”. One of many programs, Banking on Our Future, operates in classrooms with the directive to breach the poverty mentality by empowering youth people with a precise education on entrepreneurship and the economic insight on the acquisition of wealth.
Features of Operation Hope
A not-for-profit organization Operation Hope also promotes wise investments, credit readiness awareness, and “builds bridges between corporate America and underserved communities”. Founder Bryant progressively works on eliminating financial illiteracy in low socioeconomic areas.
Check out the organization’s free online enrichment program at bankingonourfuture.org. But remember it is a program for kids and introduce the website to children of all ages. It is never too early to learn the value of money.