Talking About Money in a Youth Employment Program

A national nonprofit based in San Francisco, MyPath reaches 4,000 youth each year, ages 14-24, in California, Nevada, Washington, and Missouri through more than 50 partner sites. The organization focuses on building economic pathways by integrating banking and saving into youth employment programs. A key part of MyPath’s model is to work with low-income youth […]

An innovative peer teaching financial education program for kids

The Issue: How to develop a scalable peer teaching financial literacy program that’s fun and easy enough for kids to teach other kids. Who: Amanda Christensen is an Extension Assistant Professor with Utah State University and a 4-H & Youth Programs Educator with Morgan County Extension. What: Christensen, Dave Francis, Zuri Garcia and Stacey MacArthur, […]

Money Mentors Learn About Financial Behaviors to Relate Better To Clients

The Issue: How to train money mentors to understand how they see money – and how their clients may see money differently. Improve financial coaching. Who: Joanie Davis, Community Initiatives Director at United Way of Henry County and Martinsville. What: The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville is part of the HOPE (Helping Others […]

Youth Financial Empowerment Initiative: Financial Literacy for Parents and Kids

The Issue: How to get parents and kids to feel comfortable discussing financial topics in a long-term financial literacy program – and better relate to each other around the difficult topic of money. Who: Tarin L. Washington is Program Associate at The Collaborative, a private, nonprofit serving North Carolina. It is the lead agency for North […]

Financial Capability in a Life Skills Program: Foster Kids Transitioning out of Foster Care

The Issue: How to better prepare foster kids transitioning out of the foster care system; this includes financial capability , among other life skills modules. Who: Meghann Shutt, program manager for financial security at Baltimore CASH Campaign. The organization received a grant to participate in Maryland’s Ready by 21 program for foster kids. What: Geared for […]

Financial Education for Supportive Housing and Transitional Housing Programs

The issue: How to build trust with supportive housing and transitional housing clients and help them better understand their spending habits; how to make positive behavior changes. Make financial education classes more engaging and relevant – especially because they aren’t mandatory for supportive and transitional housing clients. Who: Donna Stallings, Case Manager and VIDA Coordinator […]

Financial Life Skills for Teen Parents

The Issue: How to get single teen parents to better understand money messages and financial wants and needs in an engaging atmosphere. Who: Rebecca Phipps, LPC, professional counselor and coordinator of the Between Us program at Catholic Charities Oregon. It operates under the national Healthy Marriage Initiative. What: Phipps teaches life skills and financial literacy […]

Community College Money Management Classes: Teaching Personal Finance

Who: Leslie Tomlinson with Student Support Services at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. What: As part of the college’s Student Support Services grant through the US Department of Education’s TRIO program, the program must offer a variety of seminars to all recipients. One of these requirements is personal economic literacy. Who: Located on […]

Money Habitudes in Catholic School Classes

Where: Immaculate Heart Academy, a Catholic college prep high school in Washington, NJ What: Piloted Money Habitudes cards in psychology and finance classes Who: Stephanie Licata, campus minister Mary Liz Fuhrman, guidance counselor and psychology teacher Students: primarily seniors Why: In the psychology class the cards kicked off a unit on stress. In the finance class […]

Teaching Financial Literacy Classes to Teens and Senior Citizens

Teaching financial literacy classes can be difficult. Talking about money intimates people and they often wait until hardship strikes before seeking help. Therefore, financial educator Nancy Reigelsperger knows she needs to make her financial literacy classes not only practical, but non-threatening and enjoyable as well. It’s especially important to hook younger people, but working with […]

Money Habitudes Storms the Dorms for Financial Readiness

Contact: Erica Brown, a community readiness technician at Shaw Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center (AFRC) Situation: A financial education class to reach young airmen on their own turf, in the dorms. The workshops in the barracks would eliminate much of the embarrassment and discomfort that airmen perceived around going to the AFRC. […]

Preparing the Navy’s Peer Financial Counselors

Contact: Carol Allison, Financial Program Manager, Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren/The Navy’s Command Financial Specialist (CFS) program Situation: Use Money Habitudes cards in preparing Navy Command Financial Specialist Counselors to be financial first responders to their colleagues Who: Command Financial Specialists are specially trained service members who act as financial peer counselors to complement the […]

Money Habitudes Breaks the Ice, Beats Pizza and Boosts Attendance

Contact: Kent Thompson, Army Financial Program Manager, Army Community Service (ACS), Camp Ederle in Vicenza, Italy Situation: Financial education classes without funding to attract soldiers to a class by offering pizza or other food. Who: Soldiers who are generally unwilling and uninterested but are told that they have attend a financial education class and soldiers […]

A Life Skills Class for Teens that Nearly Runs Itself

Teenagers like to interact with each other rather than sit still for lectures. Playing to this tendency, Joyce Bartels-Daal uses Money Habitudes as the basis for a money-based life skills class. Students enthusiastically dive into the activity and need little oversight. They also discover how to be better with money and how to talk about […]

Tackling Financial Literacy for Teens, Homebuyers and Seniors

Instead of sleep-inducing PowerPoint slides and a lecture, Belinda Pfeiffer, a family and consumer sciences educator, uses Money Habitudes for Teens to connect with teenagers in schools and youth groups. When using Money Habitudes with homebuyer/homeowner classes and with senior citizens, the cards help put people at ease, get them to open up, participate and […]