The Financial Foundations program is designed for high school students and young adults. Financial Beginnings provides the program for free to school and participants. This is a full service program in which Financial Beginnings provides all of the materials and presenters to deliver the program. Presenters are volunteers who work in the financial industry. The curriculum is broken down into five subjects including: banking, budgeting, credit, investing and risk management. Each of the five subjects is taught in 2-one hour classes or 1-1 ½ hour block period. Educators are given the flexibility to choose the subjects that fit best into their class (though most choose to have all five).
Banking is important to understand because participation in banking services is typically one’s first exposure to the financial world. Most often we depend on banks and credit unions to safeguard our money so it is helpful to understand what they are doing with our money and how keeping our money in a bank or credit union can be beneficial. In this section we introduce financial institutions, how they work and how students can utilize them in managing their money.
- Be able to explain the
difference between banks and credit unions
- Understand how to choose
the right bank or credit union for you
- Understand the benefits
and services that financial institutions provide
- Understand how to avoid
- Learn how to calculate the
different types of interest
Budgeting is the foundation of personal financial planning. Budgeting allows us to manage our money by tracking our income and expenses. Since every person is different it is important to know how to create a budget that can be used for our own specific needs.
- Understand the primary components of a budget and how one can be
- Understand the different types of income and how taxes apply
- Understand how to budget for expenses and the difference between
variable and fixed expenses
- Understand how short-term and long-term financial goals are set
- Learn tips to keeping your budget relevant
In today’s economic society it would be rare to not use credit to pay for things such as online or large purchases, car repairs or in emergency situation. Credit can be an overwhelming topic, but understanding credit is critical in responsible management of one’s finances. Armed with a few key concepts, however, student can successfully manage their credit in a proactive way.
- Understand what credit is,
how it works and why you need it
- Understand the different
ways of establishing credit
- Learn your
responsibilities as a borrower
- Understand how to monitor
credit using a credit report and credit score
- Understand loans and
credit cards and how to borrow responsibly
Investing is an excellent way to build wealth and achieve your financial and life goals. The Investing section of this guide and accompanying classroom session will help students to understand the key concepts of investing.
- Understand risk vs. return and diversification
- Understand what investments are and how they can help you achieve your financial goals
- Learn about common types of investments
- Understand common options for retirement saving
- Learn what kind of investor/saver you are and the pros and cons of each type
Many times individuals feel that they are paying money into insurance policies, but not getting their fair share back. This is not how insurance should be viewed. Purchasing insurance is a way to manage risk.
- Understand what insurance is, why you need it and how it works
- Learn what insurance premiums are and how they are determined
- Know what liability coverage is and how it applies to auto and
renters/home insurance policies
- Be able to explain types of insurance and when they apply in
- Understand insurance contracts and the major decisions that have
to be made when purchasing policies
programs are designed to engage students through relevant and fun lessons that
include hands-on and thought-provoking activities. In addition to the above
curriculum, student will:
- Calculate their future life savings!
- Review actual credit applications!
- Play Banking Bingo!
- Serve as jury members for a car accident court case!
- Write checks and learn how to balance a checkbook!
- Scrutinize spending habits and brainstorm ways to keep more
money in their pockets!
- Play the "If I Had Millions..." game!
What we provide:
We provide each teacher with a business professional that has been fully trained to teach the program. The volunteer is well prepared with a well-tested curriculum that meets National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards. We provide all students with a copy of the curriculum, and all necessary supplemental materials, which will be sent to the school directly, prior to the program. It is our job to make teachers' work easier; we handle all the details and offer a program that enhances the standards-based math and life-skills teachers are already teaching.
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Thank you to the Oregon College Savings Plan for serving as the Title Sponsor of the Financial Foundations program!