The Pacific Life LIFEvest program got 200+ underserved high school students closer to making their dream of college a reality
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This summer, high school students hoping to be the first in their family to graduate college received financial literacy skills through the 2023 Pacific Life LIFEvest program

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Pacific Life LIFEvest Program

As a part of the Pacific Life Foundation’s commitment to investing in Financial Security initiatives, this summer, employees had the opportunity to volunteer with high school students from all over Orange County who are determined to be the first in their family to attend college. Hosted by the University of California, Irvine, the Pacific Life LIFEvest Program is a week-long program that allows low-income 9th and 10th graders the opportunity to experience college campus life, while learning important life skills.

Financial Literacy and Beyond

During the program, students explore potential careers, learn about managing their money and preparing for college, and practice skills ranging from networking to presenting. They also have an opportunity to visit the corporate headquarters of companies based in Orange County, including Pacific Life, where they enjoy a four-course dinner and learn about important social etiquette skills. Students leave the program with clear career and college goals, as well as experience creating a budget, investing, and planning for retirement.

Thank you to the entire Pacific Life team for planning and hosting our LIFEvest group. It was such a memorable experience that came with many life lessons and skills I’ll take into my future. I'm truly grateful for the opportunities that Pacific Life has provided to students like us and will always pay it forward, remembering the lessons and performing to the best of my abilities.

Katie L., 2023 LIFEvest Fellow

We are grateful to the 60 Pacific Life employees who volunteered at LIFEvest this summer. They played an important role in the program – serving as mentors and offering guidance while students created budgets, practiced their networking and social skills, as well as listened and provided feedback on their Life Plan presentations. The first summer cohort of students had the privilege of hearing from Jay Orlandi, Chief General Counsel, who shared his experience of going through high school and college, as well as his own career journey. The last cohort attended a panel discussion led by Faculty Director Chris Schwarz, where Adrian Griggs, Chief Operating Officer, Vibhu Sharma, Chief Financial Officer, and Tere Segarra, Vice President, Pacific Life Foundation, shared their high school and college experience, as well as how they each found themselves in the careers they have today.

Our team of actuaries was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in a program that is educating diverse communities on the importance of financial security. It was inspiring to meet with the students and hear about their college and career ambitions, and at the end of the week, it was rewarding to see their progress toward one day achieving these goals.

Laura Hanson, AVP Actuary and Actuarial Diversity Champion

About LIFEvest:

The Pacific Life LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program, hosted by the Center for Investment and Wealth Management at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, is a weeklong summer on-campus training program dedicated to teaching underserved students currently enrolled in 8th and 9th grade about financial literacy. Students who apply live in Southern California, and come from low-income, diverse, and underrepresented communities in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Riverside. More than 90% of them would be the first in their families to go to college.

In 2019, the Pacific Life Foundation made a 10-year, $2 million commitment to the LIFEvest program. With a shared vision to support underserved communities with financial education, the program strives to strengthen an understanding in financial matters, expose students to a college campus, encourage admission to a college or university, explore various career fields, and inspire confidence and success in all areas of life.

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