A number of female Hopkins High School students are being exposed to the power of financial confidence through the Rock the Street, Wall Street program. This fall, 16 Hopkins students participated in the financial literacy program for high school girls designed to spark their interest in financial careers.
“Students benefit from the program by becoming more confident in their own finances, as well as hearing about careers in finance that have historically been male-dominated fields,” said Kathryn Jordan, RTSWS program coordinator.
The program is being offered at 18 schools in 13 cities across the country. Hopkins is the first school in the Twin Cities to participate in RTSWS, and local financial institution CarVal Investors is sponsoring the Hopkins program.
The program kicked off this fall with a series of financial literacy workshops that introduced participants to the stock market, and the world of finance. The workshops included an opportunity to facilitate group projects geared toward advising a fictitious client on personal savings and investing goals.
“This program made me realize how much I enjoy finance and that it’s something I want to pursue as a major in college and as a career,” said Carmen Boerboom, a senior at Hopkins High School.
Boerboom said that it was a little disheartening to hear that women are outnumbered in the finance sector, but it also inspired her even more to get into finance and break those barriers.
The fall portion of the program culminated with the “Wall Street Experience” field trip at CarVal Investors where students got a first-hand look at a future in the industry. The program participants heard about different careers in the industry from female financial professionals, and they have the option of working with a mentor this spring.
Mentor sessions focus on college and career preparation. Hopkins High School senior Melanie Roth is participating in the spring portion of the program. She said she is looking forward to learning from someone who has experience in the business world.
“I really encourage girls to participate in this program,” Roth said. “If you aren’t sure if you want to go into finance, this program will help answer your questions and uncertainties. If you don’t end up going into finance, you will still learn beneficial skills to manage your own finances in your future.”