Today’s youth have developed a keen interest in money—or at least ways to spend it. Youth conversations often gravitate to the latest video game, cell phone or fashion item. Despite this unquenchable thirst among teens to talk money, basic financial lessons are often omitted from the school curriculum. Young people are left to learn these essential life skills the hard way—after they have racked up years of debt, or have fallen victim to financial fraud.
While California is beginning to require some sort of personal finance instruction in schools, many of the courses are inadequate courses there is little consistency between these courses. It’s no secret that state budgets are tight, so courses not seen as core curriculum are more likely to be cut than added.
The Financial Literacy for Youth (FLY) project developed the Money Matters in Classrooms program to help teachers prepare students to be money smart by providing a series of relevant, fun, and practical financial literacy resources.
Schools support the Finance in Classrooms program
Terman Middle School, California
Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, California
LEAP Mitchell Park After School Program, City of Palo Alto