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 Financial Literacy for Educators 

Youth Programs

The Actuarial Foundation
nonprofit organization, offers its "Building Your Future," a financial literacy curriculum resource for high school teachers. Building Your Future is an Institute for Financial Literacy 2010 Curriculum of the Year Award winner.

The Alliance for Investor Education 
offers "Teaching Your Kids About Saving and Investing: A Guide for Parents," promotes 10 of the best Web-based resources that parents can use to teach their children how to save and invest, even in tough financial times.

The America’s Promise Alliance 
Saving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People." This online curriculum, available in English and Spanish, teaches students in middle and high school about financial responsibility. The program encourages students to become smarter money managers.

The American Bankers Association 
provides bankers with the tools to help youngsters gain the necessary skills they need to become financially astute. Programs cover saving, budgeting and credit, and are designed for students from kindergarten through college.

The Council for Economic Education
provides personal finance and economics education through classroom curricula and the Internet. For example, its Financial Fitness for Life curriculum presents key concepts in economics and personal finance, using a variety of real life examples appropriate to particular age groups.

The Federal Student Aid (FSA)
office at the U. S. Department of Education manages the Financial Aid Toolkit, a Web site that consolidates FSA resources into a searchable online database intended for use by organizations and individuals who interact with, support, or counsel students and families on making financial preparations for postsecondary education.

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy maintains a clearinghouse of resources that seek to promote financial literacy.

Junior Achievement (JA)
brings volunteers into the classroom to make economic concepts relevant for grades K-12. JA offers financial literacy programs at every grade level K-12 in the classroom and after school. JA partners business volunteers with local classrooms, where JA volunteers facilitate lessons in financial literacy, workforce preparation, and economics. JA trains and prepares all volunteers and provides the lesson plans and materials. - The Federal Citizen Information Center offers the official government Web site for children, where they can create, play and learn in a safe online environment free from advertisements. provides an extensive money section with topics that cover saving, spending and earning money. 
is a Web site from the National Council on Economic Education that provides tools to help parents and educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

Mapping Your Future
is a new online counseling service that teaches students about borrowing, the basics of loans, loan eligibility requirements, repayment options, and ways to avoid delinquency.

Money Math: Lessons for Life 
is a curriculum supplement launched by a diverse partnership of private companies, nonprofit organizations, and the Treasury Department for students in grades 7-9 that addresses mathematical concepts using real-world financial scenarios.

Money Smart for Youth,
is a curriculum form the FDIC that helps youth ages 12-20 learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Equipping young people in their formative years with the basics of financial education can give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to manage their finances once they enter the real world.

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) 
sponsors the Academy of Finance, a school-to-career curriculum operating in 40 states and 300 high schools, serving over 20,000 students. The OCC partners with schools or school districts in 28 locations across the country to support academies of finance. Banks serve as advisory board members to local affiliates and employ hundreds of students every summer through the academy's internship program.

The National Consumers League sponsors LifeSmarts, a national program that enlists the support of local partners to help teens become wise consumers. The LifeSmarts game-show style competition is for students in sixth grade through high school. The program complements the curriculum used in many middle schools and high schools and can be used as a rewarding and fun activity for classes, groups, clubs, and community organizations.

School-Based Bank Savings Programs: Bringing Financial Education to Students (PDF) (April 2009) 
OCC Community Developments Insights examines school-based bank savings programs as financial education initiatives to help students learn about the importance of saving and other money management topics. This edition of the OCC's Community Developments Insights discusses how school-based bank savings programs operate.

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation (SIFMA) 
sponsors The Stock Market Game™, an online simulation of the global capital markets is designed for students in fourth grade through high school. The game introduces student to economics, investing, and personnel finance. 
Web site from the U.S. Department of Education and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation containing information on obtaining money for higher education, including preparing for college, types of aid, qualifying for aid, applying for aid, and managing student loans.

TD Bank offers "WOW Zone" an interactive Web site to provide young children and teens with information on understanding the value and worth of money. Parents can help their children by reading the Web site’s stories and using the games. Educators can incorporate the suggested lesson plans in their classes.

The Young Americans Center for Financial Education 
promotes the financial literacy of young people. The center offers real life experiences and hands-on programs to help students build life skills, work skills, and financial self-sufficiency.

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