Money Sense

Money Sense consists of three presentations: Bank Your Future, Check It Out and To Your Credit. The entire program is delivered in six, 50-minute presentations by volunteers from the business community, who share their own unique insight along the way. The program targets 16-to-18-year olds because that is the age range when they will likely be first confronted with jobs, budgets, loans, savings and credit. Money Sense features a popular core of finance lessons readily adaptable for the classroom and is delivered in high schools and community-based organizations that serve teens. View our current volunteer opportunities here.

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Bank Your Future

  1. Ways to get paid & how to read your earnings statement
  2. Benefits of tracking expenses & budgeting
  3. Paths after high school & income choices
  4. Paying for college & FAFSA
  5. Costs of living independently as a young adult
  6. How to build & use a budget
  7. Ways to save money & benefits of saving early
  8. How money grows through investment

Check It Out

  1. How banks & credit unions keep money safe
  2. Choosing a financial institution & opening an account
  3. Costs of using check cashing stores
  4. Ways to access money
  5. Why tracking & managing transactions is important
  6. How to use online & mobile banking
  7. How to avoid identity theft
  8. Personal finance “Jeopardy!”

To Your Credit

  1. What is credit?
  2. How do credit cards work?
  3. How to choose between credit card offers
  4. Credit scores: what, how & why
  5. Credit reports: what, how & why
  6. How credit scores affect someone’s future
  7. How to build good credit early

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