[Sponsored Report] KB’s ‘Hope Camp’ helps kids find their paths

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[Sponsored Report] KB’s ‘Hope Camp’ helps kids find their paths


This month, KB Hope Camp participants will take part in conferences to present their final career goals achieved through the program. [KB FINANCIAL GROUP]

KB Financial Group’s program to support physically disabled young people advance their careers has wrapped up its third year.

First launched in 2013, “KB Hope Camp” provides advice and assistance tailored to the specific needs and personalities of the participants.

The program is jointly operated by KB Financial Group and the Korea Differently Abled Federation.

Every year, KB invites 40 junior high students, 50 high school students and 30 university students to participate in the camp. The program is divided into five segments that take place throughout the year, including a vocational test, summer camp, on-the-job experience and a “Dream Conference” to present final career plans.

On Saturday, KB Hope Camp’s university students held their last conference in the Eroom Center in Yeouido-dong. The presentations by the high school and middle school students are planned for Nov. 21 and 28, respectively.

Recently, KB offered a special opportunity for one participant who became interested in the financial industry. Kang Sun-Pil, a college freshman who participated in this year’s KB Hope Camp, decided to become a financial analyst through the program, but worried about possible limitations due to his disability.

“Although the program inspired my dream of being an analyst, I still worry my physical conditions will set barriers,” Kang said.

To help him out, KB Financial Group organized a meeting last month with Cho Ji-hyun, an employee of the affiliate KB Asset Management. Cho and Kang share the same major - mathematics - and she told him about her journey from studying in university to working in the finance industry, and also gave Kang a tour of her office.

The KB Hope Camp is just one of many youth support activities that KB is operating. The list also includes the “KB Youth Music College,” in which college music professors provide one-on-one lessons to gifted teenagers from underprivileged households; “KB Hope Study,” a one-on-one mentoring program; and “KB Small Library,” which provides financial support to establish local libraries.

BY SONG KYOUNG-SON [song.kyoungson@joongang.co.kr]
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