On February 22nd, the Wall Street Trading Room (WSTR) staff returned to Girard College for the second annual Business Day event. Approximately 20 middle school students, enrolled in the Dream Camp after school program, participated in games and activities designed to introduce students to proper business dress and etiquette. As part of its Youth-Education and Mentoring Program, SJU Campus Ministry sends volunteers to the Dream Camp Afterschool Program in Southwest Philadelphia throughout the year. Jim McCue ’11, a former WSTR staff member, organized the first event last spring. This year, WSTR staff representatives included Cal Escue ’12, Andrew Suleiman ’13 and Tim Ringelstein ’10 (MBA ’12) who were joined by SJU weekly service volunteers and Temple students.
The afternoon began with a Dress for Success event. Dream Camp students indicated their approval or disapproval for the WSTR staff’s wardrobe and interesting discussions ensued over appropriate dress for interviews, meetings, and various job descriptions. The students impressed the WSTR staff with their keen insight. One sixth grader had a remarkable sense of proper business etiquette that echoed professional opinion. She found Cal’s professional attire distracting. Cal had recently attended the BLC session on Dress for Success at SJU. A presenter at that workshop cautioned SJU students against overdressing which could be a distraction to potential employers.
Dream Camp students continued to amaze the WSTR staff with their communication skills through eye contact games and personal interviews. In addition, students successfully demonstrated one of their new skills by participating in a tie tying contest.
The afternoon ended with the distribution of give-aways that included t-shirts, notebooks, pens, water bottles and other items donated by various HSB departments. Plans are in motion to expand Business Day to include alumni of the Dream Camp program and possibly an inner-city high school. If you would like to assist with future Business Day events, please contact Jeannine Shantz at x1678 or email@example.com.