Brooks Bunch Business Boot Camp

The purpose of the Brooks Bunch Business Boot Camp is to empower students to make sound financial decisions and prepare them for a future of financial success and security. It was our desire to create a financial literacy program that would also focus on college readiness, community service and career exposure.

Fifth Third Bank has partnered with Dave Ramsey in his Foundations in Personal Finance Curriculum to send a message to high school students nationwide in order to meet new financial literacy standards.

Derrick Brooks Charities and Fifth Third Bank in partnership, offers students the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Save money and build wealth
  • Negotiate great deals
  • Establish budgets that will work from the present into the future including preparedness for college budgeting and beyond
  • Participate in career training/exposure
  • Take part in educational field trips
  • Learn the dangers of debt
  • Build a successful resume including information that will be assist with college applications
  • Take part in community service projects and team building exercises
  • Be exposed to small and large business owners and entrepreneurs

This class is available to 35 high school students per school year and is currently being held at Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School with hopes of expanding in the future.


Brooks Bunch Business Boot Camp 2015/2016

On Monday September 21, 2015 Derrick Brooks Charities and Fifth Third bank launched their 4th collective effort with Brooks Bunch Business Boot Camp. 40 Students grades 10-11 joined for refreshments and orientation – they are very excited to be a part of the program. We had one student return from last year she said “I really want to repeat the program because as I have been looking at colleges and applications, I realized I may not have worked as hard at the program as I should have and I now realize how important it is for the future!” The program sessions concluded with an end of the year celebration hosted by Clearwater Marine Aquarium and a 5 day college tour which included visits to Spelman College,Morehouse College, Florida State University and FSU School of Business, just to name a few!!  Thank you to Fifth Third Bank and the Dave Ramsey Foundation.




Brooks Bunch Business Boot Camp 2016/2017

Derrick Brooks Charities in partnership with Fifth Third Bank, and Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School held the 2016 Kick off Event  for the Brooks Bunch Boot Camp on Tuesday September 20. We had an awesome turn out, more than 60 students registered for the program! Thanks to all of the students and parents who attended the kick-off. 

On October 11th, 2016 Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp held its first session at BDCHS! This focus of this session was Personal Finance! The students acquire information on things such as describing personal finance and outlining the components of effective financial planning. Thank you to all of the student who have made the commitment to attend this program!!! We are looking forward to another successful year of the program, which will conclude with an awesome trip and service learning project. Stay tuned to our blog post for frequent program updates!


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