On Friday, March 23rd, 82 inner-city teens from Brock Public School and Ryerson Community School journeyed with their school teachers and the DAREarts team to the Hilton Toronto and the Toronto Stock Exchange for a very special Day on Bay organized and hosted by The Jr. Economic Club of Canada.
Welcomed by Alison Nigra and Emily Peters of The Junior Economic Club of Canada, the teens were excited to see what the day would bring. First they met Jennifer Abbey, who shared her inspiring story of finding success despite childhood poverty. Evan Hall, co-founder of Wittaya Aqua, then presented a workshop about successful money management techniques. Alison engaged the teens in a game that taught them the importance of budgeting and the skills needed to make the best of one’s income through careful planning, wrapping up the morning with great energy!
Lunch was a wonderful treat provided by The Jr. Economic Club, giving the teens the chance to practice their best table manners and to continue chatting with the morning’s guest speakers. Afterward, Kerry Ann Thomas, founder of KAT brand, shared her story and held an “Ask Me Anything” session, giving insight into entrepreneurship and starting your own business.
As a special finale to the day, everyone walked to the Toronto Stock Exchange where Meaghan Daly, President and Founder of Forward Vision Games, presented “Investing 101”, which taught the teens many forward-thinking investment tips that were new to the many of the adults in attendance!
DAREarts wholeheartedly thanks The Jr. Economic Club of Canada and The Economic Club of Canada for making this day possible for our youth. This opportunity comes at such a critical point in our children’s lives, as they are about to embark into high school and start seeing their future as adults. The tools this day provided are what they need to find success in their financial futures.
“Working with DAREarts was a pleasure from beginning to end. Everyone was extremely organized, passionate and responsive. The Jr. Economic Club coordinated a ‘Day on Bay’ street in the heart of downtown Toronto – a day filled with workshops surrounding financial literacy and personal growth. DAREarts brought us 80 youth to participate. The students were so engaged and enthusiastic, it was one of our most treasured programs to date. We look forward to working with them again!” – Emily Peters, Executive Director, The Jr. Economic Club of Canada
“Brock had a wonderful time at the Day on Bay. Many of our students have been talking about some of the financial literacy they learned on the trip. Thank you for including us in this opportunity.” – Mr. Basanti, Gr. 8 Teacher