Central Baldwin Chamber provides financial leadership series for Junior Executives


 ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce hosted a Dave Ramsey Financial Leadership series during June and July, Foundations in Personal Finance, for local students participating in the Chamber’s Junior Executive Youth Leadership Program.

During this series, students learned about the following topics:

  • Financial well-being.
  • Car buying.
  • Money smart.
  • Credit score.
  • Life after high school.
  • Establishing and maintaining financial peace.
  • College and financial aid.
  • How compound interest works.
  • Consumer awareness
  • Income tax.
  • Basics of banking.
  • Investing in retirement.
  • Employee benefits and retirement plans.
  • Credit cards.
  • Home buying.

“We hope that through this learning experience, our students will be able to sharpen their financial literacy, allowing them to make informed, healthy financial decisions going forward,” said Gail Quezada, president, at the Central Baldwin Chamber.  Although students receive some degree of financial management in high school, most AP students miss out on that instruction due to their curriculum. 

Roma Kerby, a member of the Chamber’s Education Committee and head math teacher at Robertsdale High School, led the students through the series.

“Kerby was instrumental in the process, combing through the materials and creating a program specific to our students,” said Quezada. “Her expertise, enthusiasm, and rapport with our students certainly encouraged critical thinking, which was pivotal in making this series a success.”

The Chamber’s Junior Executive program is designed to give area high school juniors and seniors a chance to enhance their knowledge of business and develop leadership skills that will empower and motivate them to become involved and committed to their community. Seniors that meet program requirements can apply for scholarships from the chamber during the spring of their senior year.