The Southeast Arkansas Financial Education Center Inc. (S.A.F.E.), a non-profit organization, will host the 2018 Youth Money Camp, a free session for youth 13 to 18 years old.


The Youth Money Camp will be held at the following sites: McGehee Boys and Girls Club, June 25-26, from 9-11 a.m.; Southeast Arkansas Regional Library at Monticello, July 17-18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon; and Central Baptist Church at Lake Village, July 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.


Monticello and Lake Village camps are open to all children regardless of their locations. At McGehee, the camp will be presented only to members of the McGehee Boys and Girls Club, according to a news release.


To attend, parents must register their children by Friday, June 15. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis due to limited space. To register, contact Clarissa Pace, S.A.F.E. president, at 870-460-9192, by email at safecenterinc@gmail.com or register online at www.safecenterinc.org.


Participants will learn how to spend, save and invest money wisely. Additional training includes entrepreneurship, tax education, college preparation, credit education and career and job readiness, according to a news release.


Participants will also have free food, special awards, and T-shirts. A scavenger hunt concludes the camps where youth receive cash awards.


“This is our third year for the Youth Money Camp. Our camps have been very successful since we started. We generally have 30 to 35 children participating. Parents will call and ask if we can take more or if we can have it in other locations.” Pace said. “We are excited to be supporting the McGehee Boys and Girls Club summer participants. These children are already in place. The other participating children will be required to register at their locations.”


The criteria for participation is the desire to learn how to create a better future for themselves and their families. Late registrants won’t receive T-shirts.


“The Southeast Arkansas Financial Education Center Inc. is a non-profit faith-based entity and a public charitable organization. Its mission is to engage, enrich and empower families for financial success, fulfilling careers, healthy lifestyles and well-balanced relationships,” according to the release.