Department of Finance

Program for Financial Literacy

Financial Symposium 2018
Past Events

Houston Community

Stars of Tomorrow Excellence Program

A college access/readiness program focused on preparing the next generation of leaders for success using leadership, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training. Participating schools include Cullen and Edison Middle Schools, which are located in low income African-American and Hispanic communities within the Greater Houston area.

Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day

Current University of Houston Leadership and entrepreneurship students support middle school students in setting up lemonade stands to learn about business basics. Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches children the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service and contribute to the community. In 2011, there were five teams with lemonade stands set up at Hermann Park and the Children’s Museum of Houston. Teams Super Lemonade, Eliminators and Splendade, consisted of 13 Hispanic students from Edison Middle School and teams Paradise and Koolade, consisted of eight African-American students from Cullen Middle School. Teams sold approximately 500 cups of lemonade and made $350 after paying back their start up funder.

  • May 1, 2011: Twenty one students (13 Hispanic) students from Edison Middle School and (eight African-American) students from Cullen Middle School.
  • May 6, 2012: Thirty students (sixth-eighth graders) from Cullen Middle School and Edison Middle School
Stock Market Game

A simulation game that gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an online portfolio.

  • September 26-December 2, 2011: Thirty five students from Edison Middle School participated and workshops were led by an MBA Finance student.
Change Happens!

A nonprofit organization in the predominately African-American, inner city, Third Ward community that provides social service programs to low income individuals.

  • July 21, 2011: Eighty students (ages six through seventeen) learned about the reality of life based on Cost of Living budgets for Houston, Tx. by Texas Workforce Commission.
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School
  • August 21-22, 2011: 140 ninth through eleventh graders learned about paying for college.
Skills for Living Game of Real Life

This non-profit provides award-winning financial, career and college-planning workshops to at-risk students and low and moderate income families in the greater Houston area.

  • July 15-17, 2010: 200 high school students, six staff and volunteers participated.
  • July 15-16, 2011: 300 high school students participated.
Yates High School

A predominately African-American high school in the inner city, Third Ward that is Title I (low-income and free reduced-lunch) surrounding UH.

  • March 9, 2012: 30 high school students attended a workshop presented by our Finance student intern about careers in finance and how we use finance and accounting everyday.
Red Cross Conference
American Red Cross Youth Leadership Development Conference

Bauer partnered with this nonprofit organization.

  • Saturday, April 14, 2012
Eastwood Academy High School

A predominately Hispanic public charter high school in East Houston that prepares students for college and career readiness.

  • September 26, 2012: 75 students were provided with information on how to pay for college.
Hope for Youth College Prep Program

A nonprofit organization para-ministry focused on youth mentoring.

  • October 26, 2012: 12 high school juniors and seniors attended this workshop on how to pay for college, admissions, etc. and was presented by Bauer students.
Morton Ranch Elementary School

A Title I school (low-income, free reduced-lunch)

  • January 8, 2013: 120 first graders and five teachers were presented with information about scholarships and grants to afford college.
Comuinity Involvement
Pasadena Early College High School

A Title I school (low-income, free reduced-lunch)

  • January 11, 2013: 50 sophomores and five teachers learned about becoming a business major at UH Bauer and how to pay for college presented by a finance student intern.
Morris Middle School A&M Kids to College

A Title I school (low-income, free reduced-lunch)

  • February 1, February 4, and February 5: 420 sixth graders were presented information on scholarships grants, and tuition costs and fees.
Kerr High School

Alief Kerr High School is a magnet school located in the Alief community, near the city of Houston in an unincorporated area of Harris County, Texas, in the United States. The school is a part of the Alief Independent School District and serves grades 9 through 12.

  • Financial Aid Night, November 21, 2013: around 30 students with parents participated in the workshop "How to Pay for College" in which participants learned about financial aid, scholarships, and college life.