What it means to volunteer with SecureFutures
Financial expertise is not required; the lesson plans, curriculum, course materials and training will be provided to all volunteer instructors. The training will include an overview of the financial literacy curriculum, classroom presentations, information from our staff and experienced volunteers on how to engage students, and what to expect in the classroom. You will receive all the materials needed to be successful, including a CD with the curriculum materials, written instructor notes, and handouts for the students.
As each school class period allows for 45 to 90 minutes of instruction, our program scheduling is flexible for class structure and the particular educator’s lesson plans.
Volunteers are scheduled based on their availability, scheduling preferences (proximity to school, convenient times, days etc.), comfort level and skill level. We work diligently to pair volunteers with the most appropriate classrooms to maximize benefit and enjoyment for all involved.
Volunteers are asked to commit to deliver an entire program, on your own or with a partner, one time per school year. For Money Sense volunteers, this consists of three 90-min classroom sessions or six 45-min classroom sessions. Volunteers are asked to attend in-person training sessions and/or view online training videos. The training and materials ensure volunteers are familiar with the content before entering the classroom. For our select group of Money Coach volunteers, there may be additional steps in training and different classroom commitments.
What we provide
Our staff is readily available to provide tips, support or help with any unforeseen scheduling conflict. Volunteers are provided with detailed school information, including: the school name and address; where to park, and how to enter the school; classroom details; and classroom teacher contact information.