BCSC campaign stresses financial literacy key to youth meeting lifetime goals

    VANCOUVER, April 30 /CNW/ - The British Columbia Securities Commission is
travelling to different communities across the province to meet with school
officials, parents, teachers and youth about the importance of learning
financial life skills at an early age.
    "In an increasingly complex financial world, young people need to
understand how to manage their money and avoid expensive mistakes," says
Patricia Bowles, Director, Communications and Education, BCSC. "Because being
financially literate is a life-long process, reaching youth is critical in
order to give them the life skills that will help them to establish sound
financial habits as working adults."
    Bowles will speak about the BCSC's educational efforts aimed at youth on
Tuesday, May 01, 2007 in Campbell River at the Robron Centre at 7 p.m. This is
the first stop in the BCSC's financial literacy campaign that will travel the
province this spring and fall.
    The BCSC's financial literacy program toolkit includes The City:
Financial Life Skills, a free, comprehensive and easy-to-use teaching resource
that supports the Finances component of Planning 10 (a course that B.C. Grade
10 students must complete in order to graduate). More than 1,200 B.C teachers
in all of the province's school districts use the resource, and it has
received excellent reviews from B.C. students and teachers.
    The BCSC's InvestRight.org website, a RED-FLAGS campaign, and a proactive
investor-warning program are the other components of the Commission's
financial literacy program that supports people in different stages of their
investing lives.

    InvestRight is the BCSC's one-stop resource for investors to educate
themselves on how to make informed investment decisions. Its website at
www.InvestRight.org provides a wide range of tools to help investors develop
the critical thinking skills they need to protect themselves, including
investor alerts and watches. The BCSC's RED-FLAGS communications campaign
alerts investors to common sales pitches used by scam artists along with a
province-wide seminar program.

    The BCSC is the independent provincial government agency responsible for
regulating trading in securities within the province. If you have questions,
contact Andrew Poon, Media Relations, 604-899-6880.

For further information:

For further information: Andrew Poon, (604) 899-6880 or (B.C. & Alberta)

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