Even though schools out, many students in our area found themselves in a classroom learning about the keys to their financial future and much more. More than 100 students packed classrooms in North Brunswick High School for a different kind of lesson. The Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and other agencies hosted the seventh annual Young Adult Conference. Students got lessons on everything from interview tips to financial advice. East Columbus High student Kyesha Freeman said, "It helps me because I can budget now, and that will help me way in the future when it's time for college, and I can learn how I can do my own insurance without my parents helping me." Brunswick County Academy graduate Collin Evans said, "It's really important for me to learn this kind of stuff because if I don't, I probably won't survive in real-life." The goal of the conference is to provide kids with the tools and skills they can put to good use as soon as they enter the working world. Youth Conference chair Lashauna Parker said, "They need to know how to go on a job and present themselves before the employer to get the job. They also need to have the banking because a lot of kids don't know about writing checks and savings. It helps for them to have that information handy, and better themselves to become more self-sufficient." Volunteers say events like this give students a head start on their future. "It's very vital information that they can use not now, but later on in life, and as they continue to grow they will gain more experience," said youth counselor Brandon Banks. Each student walked away with a packet full of insurance tips, a how-to guide on writing a resume and banking information. The annual event has been taking place since 2002.
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