Congratulations Graduates! 25 area high school students graduated from the BMO Harris Financial Literacy Leadership (FLLI) Institute in Chicago. Hosted by DePaul University’s Graduate School of Management and sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, the six-week program features skill-building lectures taught by DePaul faculty, field trips to financial institutions and guest lectures by business executives.
The program is coordinated by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) which works to select high school students based on their academic rigor and leadership potential and is part of a slate of skill-building activities sponsored by the City of Chicago through the CHA. The students are all inner city youth from low to moderate income homes.
“I’m getting my name out there and seeing past what I normally see on a daily basis. This program is helping to ensure that I apply my talents so they don’t go to waste.” Jamirico Wilson, a high school junior from Englewood.
Working in teams, students build a mock business and compete against each other to establish the best business model. They are supported by mentors who help them to determine efficient product price points, effective marketing decisions, production requirements and other essential skills that produce a successful business. Students then explore the application of these skills through visiting real businesses and speaking with their leaders.
BMO Harris has sponsored the CHA program for the last several years, working to ensure that students have the financial and business skills necessary to compete in an increasingly competitive professional world.
Congratulations BMO Financial Corp.!