HL Neblett offers students the opportunity to learn about the financial industry and run a business
The HL Neblett Community Center gives children the chance to be CFOs, CEOs and consumers of their own organizations while learning about business.
The Neblett Center partners with Truist Bank, Junior Achievement and the Daviess County Public Library for the program.
The partnership formed after executive director Keith Cottoner said his daughter had attended a similar program in Louisville and wanted to see if it was possible to introduce the same factors to Owensboro students.
19 students from the community registered and started the 5-week financial literacy program.
Autumne Baker, Vice President of Regional Operations for Junior Achievement, hosts weekly programming with students on different areas within the finance and consumer agency.
As they learn, students spend time making decisions as CEOs, CFOs, Marketing Directors, Sales Managers, and ultimately, consumers.
“Maybe none of these kids will aspire to be any of those things, but I think it’s great because it shows them that some of the activities that are part of the simulation are things that they will do in the real world or even in school,” Boulanger said.
The 19 students spend half their time on online modules with JA Biztown Adventures, where they deal with debit and credit cards, ethics and various positions. The other half of the time is spent talking to key Truist Bank speakers.
Angie Morrison, Market President at Truist Bank, noted that the industry is increasingly shifting to online banking and transactions, so many families are no longer entering physical locations. . Truist wanted to give kids a chance to see what’s behind the bank’s walls.
“They amaze me with some of the questions they’ve been able to ask and the things they want to do when they grow up. Hopefully we can give back to them and have the opportunity to think about something different and get into the world of finance,” Morrison said.
All the leaders involved appreciated the way the students process information.
Baker said students are often fascinated with behind-the-scenes decision-making as a marketer.
At DCPL, Community Manager Jarrod McCarty said he’s happy to provide students with a library experience they might not otherwise have.
“It fits perfectly with what our mission is going forward, especially with all the organizations here,” he said. “Education is central to all of us.”