Growth & Jobs | Students sharpen financial literacy skills at summer camp


Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2022 | 12:06 AM



Gillian Hyde (centre), deputy managing director, JN Bank; and Jerome Harriot (right), member service representative at JN Bank, explain to Dejario Dickson how to use the ATM during a tour of the JN Bank’s Half-Way Tree branch recently. Dickson was among participants who made a courtesy call on The Jamaica National Group executive team, where they were presented with gift certificates to begin their investment journey, certificates of participation, and JN-branded memorabilia.



APPROXIMATELY 500 students between the ages of 12 and 17 years were given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge about investment and the different types of investment vehicles, such as stocks, cryptocurrencies and mutual funds, as well as the future of payment systems, at a three-day ‘Building the Junior Investor’ summer camp organised recently by the JN Foundation.

Dejario Dickson, a student of Wolmer’s Boys’ School and a JN scholar, who attended the summer camp, said that the experience was rewarding, as he learnt lifelong lessons about saving, budgeting and investing that will assist him as he gets older.

The key lessons from the camp for the second-form student are how to build generational wealth, as well as the importance of investing early.

“You can start to build your own empire; and when you build on it and when it becomes successful, you can continue a new generation of wealth. All you need to do is start investing from early,” he said.

Meanwhile, one parent lauded the JN Foundation for organising the summer camp, noting that the children have learned a lot from the information shared during the camp.