Diana Alfred and Jody Henry present a slidehow about investment as part of the Enriched Academy program for Planning 10 students at PHSS last week.

Diana Alfred and Jody Henry present a slidehow about investment as part of the Enriched Academy program for Planning 10 students at PHSS last week.

Enriched program gives students financial tips

EnRICHed Academy gave a presentation to students at North Island high schools last week

PORT HARDY – A new seminar brought information about investment and savings to the students at North Island high schools last week.

Jody Henry and Diana Alfred visited the North Island last week as part of Enriched Academy, speaking to Planning 10 students at PHSS and NISS. Their presentation included a slide show with steps to becoming an investor, including tips about stocks, credit, and good debt vs. bad debt. Videos allowed investors to share their experiences with debt, and the presenters used celebrity examples of debt, including Nicholas Cage and Michael Jackson.

The presentation was interactive. Henry and Alfred posed questions to students, with chocolate coins for prizes.

Afterwards, Henry explained that Enriched Academy is a program designed to teach teens and young adults about finance and money management. The full program online is for parents to do with their children. “I’m not here for that,” she added. “I’m here to teach these guys.”

This is the first year Enriched Academy has visited the North Island, and the group has been invited back by both schools. Next year they hope to bring an expanded seminar for the grade 12s.

Alfred lived on the North Island for 20 years, and she says that connection was her main motivation for bringing Enriched Academy from the Cowichan Valley to the high schools here. She was impressed by the interest and motivation shown by the students.

“They asked a lot of good questions,” she said. “I think it really struck a chord with the kids.”

For more information about Enriched Academy, or to start the online program, visit enrichedacademy.com.