Wharton Global Youth Program

Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM)

The Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM) is an online community for students enrolled in Wharton Summer High School online courses and programs. The community encourages students to take a deep dive into business topics, hone their professional skills, and connect with like-minded global peers. GYM access will be available for 10 weeks, allowing students to engage with the Wharton Global Youth community before, during, and after their academic courses.

About the Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM)

In 2020, the GYM was launched to build community and enhance the Wharton Summer High School online experience. Over the course of 10 weeks, 1,152 students engaged in the community from 56 countries.

All students enrolled in a Wharton Summer High School online course are granted access to the 10-week Wharton GYM (Global Youth Meetup), an extracurricular programming platform allowing students to connect with Wharton before, during and after their summer online courses, from June 7 through August 17.

The Wharton GYM provides a combination of live and independent programming and is designed around the goal of further introducing Wharton to high school students.

Programming includes:
  • Live panels with Wharton and Penn undergrads to gain insights into the Penn campus experience, applying to colleges, academic and internship opportunities, and finding your passion
  • 10-week Summer Stock Market Challenge based on the Wharton Global Youth High School Investment Competition, designed to introduce the intricacies of investing-from the concepts and analysis to the practical application of trading via a virtual investment simulator
  • Discussions with notable Wharton alumni about career paths and professional opportunities
  • Introductions to Wharton research centers to learn about cutting-edge research and innovation stemming from the Wharton School
  • Presentations by Penn’s cultural houses and student organizations to fully immerse yourself in the extended campus community
  • Live, focused workshops to advance academic, business, and professional skills
  • Opportunities to compete with and against global peers to earn badges through bi-weekly business-themed individual and team challenges
  • Weekly meetings of like-minded students to discuss and analyze specific topics like innovation and design, world finance, non-profits, and data analytics
  • Access to Knowledge@Wharton High School opportunities to explore additional business and finance-related content
  • Networking opportunities to connect with high school students from around the world and start building a global peer network
EARN SOCIAL BADGES

Earn badges for your Wharton Online profile by completing challenges, attending live events and competing in the Stock Market Challenge.

STOCK MARKET CHALLENGE PROGRAM LEADER
Wayne W. Williams

Wayne W. Williams has been an Accounting Lecturer in the Leadership in the Business World program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania over the past three summers. As a former licensed stockbroker and investment advisory representative, he combines financial statement analysis with valuation theory to identify business growth opportunities. Wayne’s research interest includes tax policy and planning, and exploring the impact of financial literacy on decision-making. Passionate about student success and increasing student learning outcomes, he is an active faculty member in the Accounting department at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Dr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University, a Master’s of Science in Taxation and Financial Planning from Widener University and an EdD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

“Wharton GYM has given me something more than just knowledge and experience, which is “people” to talk to. Networking and interacting with TAs, Professors, and staff members has given me so much insight into various fields, like finance, stock market, 3d printing, manufacturing, travelling, life as an international student, data analytics, non-profits….”
— Summer 2020 student Ansh G.
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Accessing the Wharton GYM 

The Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM) will be integrated into the Wharton Online Learning Platform and will be accessible alongside the student’s Wharton Summer High School Online Course. All programming is conducted using Canvas, Zoom, and BlueJeans. 

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GYM Features Include

The Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM) will be integrated into the Wharton Online Learning Platform and will be accessible alongside the student’s Wharton Summer High School Online Course. 

Live Performances

Live performances and information about performing arts from one of the University’s most historic traditions: Penn Band.

Resources from Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship

Access to the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship team, and chances to engage directly with the team about their current and future projects, offerings, and studies.

Insights and Perspectives

Hear directly from current Wharton undergrad and MBA students about their experiences and studies.

Alumni Engagement Opportunities

Engage with Wharton Alumni during virtual company visits and lunch talks. Winners of challenges may even get the chance to speak directly to Alumni and hear about their career and Wharton experience!

Earn Social Badges

Earn badges for your Wharton Online profile by completing challenges, attending live events and competing in the Stock Market Challenge.

For more information, please contact Wharton@summerdiscovery.com or call +1.516.414.5555.