TORONTO, ONTARIO (September 13, 2013) – Castlemark Wealth Management Inc. is pleased to announce that company president Robyn K. Thompson, CFP, CIM, FCSI, will be a volunteer partner with Girls Inc. of Durham in the launch of the ING-Girls Inc. Investing Matters program. Running through the 2013-14 school year at the Queen Elizabeth Public School in Oshawa, Ontario, this new financial education curriculum for teen girls was developed in partnership with ING U.S. and Girls Inc.
The pilot program, to be run by Girls Inc. of Durham, is a one-year curriculum that allows teen girls to develop a $36,000 portfolio as they learn the role of investing, saving, budgeting, and philanthropy in personal finance.
Throughout the program, Robyn K. Thompson will provide answers to content and technical questions, guidance around research, and career exposure. “I’m honoured to be part of this tremendous opportunity to teach girls the importance of financial literacy in a supportive and engaging way,” said Thompson. “As a successful businesswoman, I hope I can also be a role model for girls in their formative years,” she added.
The program will be held at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Oshawa and will run twice a month during the 2013-14 school year starting in September. Investing Matters will give 15-20 girls aged 12 to 14 the opportunity to learn about investing principles while managing a virtual portfolio. This initiative gives girls practical, hands-on investing experience with the support of a volunteer investment expert.
As part of the ING-Girls Inc. Investing Matters, participants research and purchase mutual funds and equities as they learn about concepts like diversification and the roles of investing, saving and budgeting. Girls will track their virtual portfolio in real-time and be able to engage with financial services professionals about economic education and career options.
About Castlemark Wealth Management
Castlemark Wealth Management Inc. is a boutique financial advisory firm committed to providing responsible, customized financial planning and wealth management solutions, including investment strategy, comprehensive financial and tax planning, risk management, and insurance. Subsidiary Castlemark Wealth Management For Her specializes in providing wealth management solutions for women. President Robyn K. Thompson, CFP, CIM, is widely published and appears regularly on broadcast media. For more information, visit www.castlemarkwealth.com.
About Girls Inc. of Durham
Girls Inc. of Durham is a registered charity celebrating 29 years in Durham Region. Girls Inc. is working hard to help girls achieve their full potential. Since 1984, Girls Inc. has provided thousands of girls with the confidence, self-esteem, and tools to achieve economic independence. Through in-school programs, summer day camps, workshops, seminars, and after-school programs, we provide girls with strategies and tools to overcome social, emotional, and economic challenges while helping empower them to create change for coming generations. www.girlsinc-durham.org