High school students from across Los Angeles are learning how to manage money and set financial goals at the LMU College of Business Administration’s Financial Literacy Boot Camp sessions.

The week-long summer camps on LMU’s Westchester campus are part of the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship’s Save it Forward Initiative, which was launched in 2015 with support from Kinko’s founder and part-time faculty member Paul Orfalea.

The curriculum was developed by Ron Rishagen, an LMU entrepreneur in residence, and Entrepreneurship Professor David Choi, and is designed to teach teens the fundamental elements of financial literacy. LMU student instructors lead discussions about credit, debt, the benefits of delayed gratification and creating wealth, among other topics.

The mission is to build a happier and more prosperous world through financial literacy education.

***Please note: there are no sessions scheduled for summer 2019.***


"I think this is a curriculum that should be taught to all teens. The world would be a different place if young people started out with financial literacy."
- Parent

"I really enjoyed the experience, and I learned a lot about managing and saving money, credit, and investing. The skills and knowledge I obtained during this class will undoubtedly serve me well both now and in the future, and I will definitely put them into practice."
- Student

"This was such a valuable life skill class that they can put into action as they grow into their adult independence."
- Parent