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Huge demand for a financial literacy camp for teens, register now


As the economy struggles and the long summer months lengthen, teens may be encouraged to take up summer jobs to help with family finances — or just to have money to spend. for their own needs.

But many don’t know how to save, budget, or understand the basics of finances. Michelle Carter-Pope wants to change that.

Pope, senior business and community engagement associate at Texas Trust Credit Union, points out that:

  • 22% of teens lack the basics in basic financial skills. This means they felt they lacked the knowledge to do basic things like budgeting for beginners.
  • 32% of teens can’t tell the difference between a credit card and a debit card
  • 59% of parents are uncomfortable talking about money with their children

Pope realized the need for financial literacy for teens and created a “Teen Money Camp” to meet it.

“I saw all these summer camps for kids for sports and music and everything, and I thought why not offer a camp on financial empowerment? Teens need to learn about financial literacy. L summer is a good time to do that.

Michelle Pope’s brainchild, Teen Money Camp, was originally intended for 15 attendees. The free one-day camp at the DeSoto Civic Center “sold out” almost immediately.

Portrait of Michelle Carter Pope

“I was thrilled and surprised,” Pope said, “so I decided to open it up to 30 campers.” The next 15 students quickly filled the camp.

Again Pope realized the need and, at the instigation of DeSoto City Youth Director Sydney Elliott, went ahead and opened it up to a total of 60 attendees. “But that’s it – I knew I couldn’t manage any more campers and asked for help running the camp!”

She understood. She will be joined by financial experts from local banks and businesses so that participants learn from several successful businessmen and women. DeSoto Parks & Rec, Score Factor Financial Services, Bank of America, and Lonnie B Creative Designs are some of the companies that have jumped at the chance to help would-be business owners. Primerica Advisor Chris Henderson, Sr. will also present.

Topics will include entrepreneurship, interview skills, investing, credit and budgeting.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Pope, a graduate of San Diego State University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., also recently volunteered as a trust coach with the nonprofit ConqHer, Inc.. She is excited to help local teens advance in their future careers by teaching lifelong lessons on finances. She has worked at Texas Trust Credit Union for 12 years and is always looking for ways to help the local community.

The camp will take place on Tuesday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held at the Bluebonnet Rooms of the DeSoto Civic Center located at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road.

For more information, contact Michelle Carter-Pope, BA, CCUFC, Sr. Partner Business & Community Engagement, Texas Trust Credit Union (972) 595-1726. Or by email: [email protected] | TexasTrustCU.org

More choices for teens

The DeSoto Parks and Recreation Department has many summer camp offerings this year. The department’s mission is “to enrich the quality of life at DeSoto, provide world-class customer service, premier parks, and vibrant recreational experiences.”

DeSoto Parks and Recreation is an essential part of the community that offers various services and opportunities. Our staff will be recognized for their commitment to professionalism and their ability to grow and change with the community.

A long list of summer camp opportunities is available online: Welcome to our community! | DeSoto, Texas – Official Website

Parks and Recreation Administration Office

211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. De Soto, TX 75115


Phone: 972.230.9650

Fax: 972.230.5796

Administrative hours:
Monday Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.