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What a great time to introduce to you “FutureNow: Finance,” our updated and enhanced financial literacy program offered through Communities In Schools of Mid-America, beginning in school year 2016-2017!
More details regarding the new program will be provided to you as they become available. We can’t wait to share!
The Interactive Game of Life
That’s just what teens get to do: a fast-paced, hands-on financial literacy exercise.
Before attending, students complete a lifestyle survey where they describe their lives as 26-year-olds: their jobs, salaries, family, homes, even shopping habits and entertainment. CIS staff then compares their surveys with their current school performance and assigns fictional jobs, salaries and families.
Students are then challenged to make ends meet using their salaries to purchase all the necessities of life: child care, transportation, groceries, homes, utilities, etc.; plus budget for fun things like vacations and entertainment.
Teens Need Financial Literacy
Consider these statistics:
- According to a Jump$tart Coalition survey, high school students can correctly answer only 48 percent of questions about the basics of personal finance.
- In a recent Schwab survey of teens, just 26 percent understood credit-card interest and fees; and only a third could read a bank statement, balance a checkbook and pay bills.
- The number of 18 to 24-year-olds declaring bankruptcy increased 96% in 10 years. (Richmond Credit Abuse Resistant Education)
- A Harris Interactive poll showed that 32 percent of college students believe they were not adequately prepared for managing their money on campus.
- The average college senior graduates with $2,800 in credit card debt and $18,900 in student loans. (Nellie Mae)
It’s the connection between current school performance and future success that makes this program work. Here’s what students say after attending the program:
“I never thought life was that hard—now I know I need to be prepared.”
“I learned that having an education is more important than everything else.”
“I discovered that supporting a family is not that easy. Now I’m thinking I need to take hard classes for the next two years because I want to get a scholarship to go to college.”
The program currently runs financial literacy programs for students in Northeast, Central, Southeast and Southwest Kansas, as well as, Tulsa, OK and Liberty, Missouri.
Spring 2017 Events
|2/15 & 2/16/2017||Shawnee Mission North HS||Overland Park, KS|
|2/22/2017||Liberty North High School||Liberty, MO|
|2/22/2017||Parsons High School||Parsons, KS|
|2/24/2017||Northern Heights High School||Allen, KS|
|3/1 & 3/2/2017||Topeka High School||Topeka, KS|
|3/9/2017||Shawnee Mission Northwest High School||Shawnee, KS|
|3/15 & 3/16/2017||Highland Park High School||Topeka, KS|
|3/15 & 3/16/2017||Junction City High School||Junction City, KS|
|3/28/2017||Liberty High School||Liberty, MO|
|4/5/2017||Salina South High School||Salina, KS|
|4/10/2017||Salina Central High School||Salina, KS|
|4/12/2017||Liberal High School||Liberal, KS|
|4/12/2017||Chanute High School||Chanute, KS|
|4/13 & 4/14/2017||Garden City High School||Garden City, KS|
|4/18/2017||Shawnee Mission West High School||Shawnee Mission, KS|
|5/3/2017||Pittsburg High School||Pittsburg, KS|
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Help teens make spending decisions on the necessities and luxuries they envision as part of their adult lifestyle. You will be provided detailed information and price sheets for your booth’s goods or services, so you can help the students decide how to spend their money. In fact, one student commented, “I like the fact that the volunteers just didn’t tell you what to do. They explained how things work.”
To volunteer, call 785-856-5190.