September 15, 2009
• 8-18 year olds taught in UAB classrooms
• Service-learning classes teach personal finance
• Experts stress financial literacy amid recession
BIRMINGHAM, Ala - Students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Business Department of Accounting and Finance will host Birmingham area middle- and high-school students at 4:30 p.m. each Thursday, Sept. 3-Oct.8, for a series of hour-long, personal finance classes.
The UAB after-school outreach program is a collaboration with Partners in Neighborhood Growth (PING) and Junior Achievement (JA) to prepare the visiting students for a stable financial future. PING will provide transportation to the UAB campus for its 30 participating students each week.
The seven UAB student participants - business freshmen instructed by Stephanie Rauterkus, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance, in the service-learning course "Dollars and Sense" - will work in teams to teach two separate courses during the six-week period:
- More Than Money targets students ages 8-12 and teaches the importance of earning and saving, along with how to balance responsible spending and sharing.
- The NEFE High School Financial Planning Program is for students ages 13-18. The advanced program helps participants develop personal financial plans and goals. Program participants also will tour the UAB campus and meet with representatives from a number of campus offices.
UAB students are participating in the service-learning program with support from the UAB Office for Service Learning, which offers UAB students volunteer opportunities that integrate community service with enhanced academic and purposeful civic learning.
The UAB School of Business is located in the heart of Alabama's largest city and business center. For more information on how the school's Birmingham location provides unique internship and other out-of-the-classroom experiences, log on to www.uab.edu/business/.