FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMS
WASHINGTON DC AREA
SCHOOLS & TEENS
Teaching financial literacy in Washington DC area schools can be a challenge.
Money Club Foundations Certified Facilitators make personal finance for teens FUN!
No one is born making smart financial decisions!
Money has an enormous impact on our lives. Yet learning about it is largely missing from our education system. Most of what we learn is from trial, and let’s be honest, error.
What kids don’t learn about money will significantly affect their opportunities, and levels of health and happiness.
Imagine making money mistakes that cost you thousands, anchor you with debt, leave you stressed and fearful, and take away your ability to make choices, pursue opportunities, and reach potential.
And now, mistakes or not, we’re all confronted with grave new money challenges that we’ve never faced before as a community.
Ultimately, the young adults we work with may experience otherwise, but the reality of what many are facing:
THE STATE OF
FINANCIAL EDUCATION IN
There are over 6 million residents in Maryland. The majority of these people do not have a bank account or credit card. These statistics indicate that Maryland’s financial education work is far from complete.
With over 57,000 teachers working tirelessly to provide more than 850,000 students at nearly 1,450 schools across Maryland, it is no wonder that financial education isn’t being taught effectively.
In a 2021 Baltimore Sun Article, one teacher stated,
“Unfortunately, personal finance remains underappreciated in Maryland. Our state has a curriculum in personal finance that must be offered in grades K-12 but, sadly, it is often ignored. School districts ultimately determine its importance, so often it’s up to teachers, parents, students, and local community members to lobby principals or boards of education to make this course a reality.SUSAN BISTRANSIN – a personal finance teacher at Parkdale High School for 25 years, is now Personal Finance and Empowerment Coordinator for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
A recent study by the Council for Economic Education (CEE) found that only 18 states require personal financial literacy in their statewide comprehensive K-12 curriculum. Only a handful of those states require an economics course to graduate.
In addition to the lack of financial education in schools, many students do not have access to computers or Internet services at home. In an age where most information sources are available online, gaining knowledge about personal finance has become more difficult when there is no way to access this valuable information when needed most.
Money Club: Foundations is a Financial Intelligence Suite complete with courses, games, resources, and guides for young adults.
Students develop skills, behaviors, and concepts essential to success in personal finance and career readiness.
We designed this club specifically with young adults in mind to learn about money and finance in a fun and relatable way. It is accessible online on any device, personalized, and self-paced to work with varied educational schedules.
We provide guidance on actionable items and real needs, with topics like Online Shopping, Money Fundamentals, and Planning for Education more!
HOW TO TEACH DC AREA TEENS
High energy videos help you develop a relationship with money and make learning feel like an open conversation.
Learning sinks in when you get hands-on, so we created special mobile games to assess your personality and activate you where you are.
REAL-WORLD TOOLS & ACTION ITEMS
Take the lessons you’ve learned, plus additional tools, resources, and support, to convert those skills into real-life results.
If you are a teacher, educator, or youth organization, THANK YOU! We know how hard this work can be and how much you care. We appreciate you!
Money Club’s roots (Ortus Academy) launched in 2014 with a mission to revolutionize financial education, specifically in the school system. While our model has had to adapt, we still see the importance of teaching our youth how to not just be financially literate, but financially intelligent.
We’ve worked with over 5,000 students across various socioeconomic backgrounds to develop Money Club Foundations and to make it connect regardless of biographical background. We learned a lot during that time – and we’ve been humbled by how much impact it’s had. But, we can’t be everywhere and the needs of this education expand beyond the driving distance of our offices.
Let us train a member of your team to be a
Money Club Foundations Coach!
- 4 Hour Training & 1 Year Facilitator Certification for a member of your team
- Flipped Classroom Facilitator Tools & Financial Literacy Curriculum
- 6+ hours of online course content – Money & Independence
- Financial Education Games for in-person or virtual sessions
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Ongoing support
This content has been facilitated with a wide variety of students. While we have had success with programs as young as 10 years old, it is ideal for teaching financial education in middle or high schools (ages 13+).
This course exceeds the National Financial Literacy Requirements. State requirements vary, contact us for details.
As a thank you, Certified Money Club Foundation Coaches will also gain access to our adult-level Financial Stability Course Bundle.
Complete the form below and a member of the Money Club team will be in touch with you soon to discuss options for bringing Money Club’s financial literacy for teens program to your community.