But the stumbling economy will pinch everyone, especially those lacking the basics of how to manage their finances.
That’s why it was impressive to see 180 girls from West Philadelphia and other city high schools on the University of Pennsylvania campus Friday attending a one-day financial conference.
The sixth annual DollarDiva conference was presented by Wharton Women, a group of undergrads at the business school.
The curriculum was designed to teach about saving, budgeting, preparing for job interviews, and applying to college. It was smartly presented by the Wharton student organizers.
The half-dozen high school girls I talked with reassured me that many of the concepts discussed at the conference have come up in their classes.