Fostering Bright Financial Futures
Financial Beginnings provides engaging, age-appropriate programs for youth. Financial Beginnings’ programs are always provided at no cost to partner or participant. Programs are full-service, meaning Financial Beginnings supplies all curriculum and supplemental materials, which are mailed to schools or community groups who schedule programming. Financial Beginnings also provides trained volunteers who teach the lessons of each program.
Teachers and community organizations: sign up for programming by contacting your local affiliate.
Introducing elementary school students to the world of finance.
Financial Footings introduces elementary school-aged youth to the world of personal finance. Financial Footings is broken into two segments: Step One for younger learners (grades K-2) taught by their classroom teacher, and Step Two for older learners (grades 3-6) taught by a Financial Beginnings volunteer. Financial Footings provides about 2 to 4 hours of programming. From learning to identify coins, to more complex topics like budgeting and distinguishing needs from wants, participants learn responsibility and establish a solid footing for a bright financial future.
Helping youth and young adults relate personal financial decisions to local and global economies.
Financial Framings helps youth and young adults relate personal financial decisions to local and global economies. Financial Framings is taught through an interactive, game-like format. Financial Framings is meant for audiences who are middle school aged and older. A Financial Beginnings volunteer introduces Financial Framings through a special one- to two-hour presentation. Learning then continues with the classroom teacher.
Teaching high school students and young adults critical personal finance concepts.
Financial Foundations provides high school students and young adults with a detailed introduction to key personal finance concepts. Financial Foundations is comprised of five subjects: Banking, Budgeting, Credit, Investing, and Risk Management. Each subject includes hands-on learning, taught over two, one-hour classes or an hour and a half block period. Educators can choose which subject(s) best fit their class needs, though most educators request the full five subjects.
Providing lessons for high school and college students on career, college, and money management.
Pathways provides lessons for high school and college students on career, college, and money management. Pathways provides five subjects: three for high school students about career path, comparing schools, and financing college, and two for college students about reducing debt accumulation and managing debt after college. All subject are about 60 to 90 minutes long and are taught by a trained Financial Beginnings volunteer.