The Wharton Global Youth Program Responds to the Changing Market

by Diana Drake

During this time of so much uncertainty, the Wharton Global Youth Program has been working to follow the advice of Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett. He says, “The best way to minimize the downside of the crisis and ensure we are ready for the recovery is to be nimble, creative, and proactive.”

Here are a few ways that our team has done just that in recent weeks, as we operate and modify our programs and content (from home) in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wharton Youth Remote Learning. School closings and class cancellations have prompted many teachers and parents to develop ways to engage student learning at home. The Wharton Global Youth Program and its Knowledge@Wharton High School website are here to help. This guide will help you discover our free resources developed for high school students that are available online whenever you need them.

Wharton Global High School Investment Competition. The pandemic hit just as our team was navigating the 2020 Regional Finals season, during which the top student teams from four separate investment competition regions were to present their final strategies live to panels of judges. Following two in-person Regional Finals in February in Brazil and India, we were suddenly confronted with remote learning plans and travel bans.

In response, our team created an online platform, inviting the top teams in the remaining two regions to submit final video presentations that were judged virtually. Region 1 results, involving primarily China-based teams, were announced during a live Zoom webinar on the evening of April 7, and Region 3 results, for mostly U.S. teams, will be announced on April 13. The Investment Competition Global Finale involving the top three teams from each region, will be held remotely on Friday, May 8. We are already planning for the 2020-2021 season!

Wharton Youth Social Media. We are enjoying engaging with students and educators on social media during this time of online learning — posting new content, great profiles of summer program students, Comment and Win contest and investment competition champs, our favorite photos of the University of Pennsylvania campus (which we miss dearly), and more. Connect with the Wharton Global Youth Program on Instagram (@WhartonYouth), Facebook, or Twitter (@WhartonHS) and show us what you’re up to: #WhartonYouthatHome. We’ll get through this together!

Wharton Summer High School. Check back regularly to our Wharton Global Youth Program page for updates.

Contact our Wharton Global Youth Program team anytime with questions or suggestions.

Members of our team meeting on Zoom.