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The Thanks Be To God Foundation (TBTG) working in conjunction with other youth oriented organizations supports  financial literacy programs for high school students.  The objectives  of the program is to (1) promote financial literacy for students by providing education on the basics of budgeting and money management and (2) provide a real life experience centered on exposing students to investing in the stock market and (3) to provide opportunity to give back to the non-profit community.

At the completion of the basic financial literacy program, students will be invited to form or join an investment team.  The team will provide recommendations and actually manage a portfolio funded by an anonymous supporter of TBTG Foundation.  The students will research various markets, industry sectors and individual stocks and make recommendations to purchase or sale portions of the portfolio.  At the end of the school year, the portfolio will be valued and 100% of any gain in the portfolio will be donated to a non-profit organization.

It is our hope that this type of experience will broaden the students’ exposure to potential careers in financial services and help students understand the importance of budgeting, saving and investing at an early age.  In addition, this initiative supports the Foundation’s requirement to “give back” and share blessings with others.

Consider the impact if others (supporters) would make available a portion of their personal portfolios to provide students in a number of schools with a similar experience. Imagine the lessons that could be learned and applied.