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JABC Introduces New Version of Dollars with Sense

This September, JABC is pleased to introduce the new, updated version of our popular financial literacy program, Dollars with Sense, featuring full colour materials and new digital resources. 

Dollars with Sense in British Columbia is proudly presented by Coast Capital Savings Credit Union

Canadian youth are growing up in a time in which spending is easier than ever, and debt is a way of life. This problem is exacerbated by hectic family schedules, which leave parents with little time to teach their children about money management.

Through JA Canada’s newly updated Dollars with Sense program, students in grades 7-9 get the tools they need to make smart financial decisions, live debt-free, and become savvy investors. Students learn personal money management skills that they can apply to their lives, beginning now.

As in all JA programs, Dollars with Sense volunteers make learning fun by sharing their real-world knowledge and experience, using games and multimedia to boost students’ self-confidence and help them achieve financial literacy. By the end of the program, students will have a stronger sense of financial responsibility and the tools they need to be wise consumers.

New Dollars with Sense offers a wealth of content — more than can be covered in some of our shorter delivery opportunities. To ensure all BC students receive the most important parts of the program, we have identified the core content that can be delivered in four one-hour lessons or as little as a half- day, and recommended supplementary content that can be delivered when volunteers have more time, or if the host teacher wishes to cover it post-program.

The new program will be available beginning in early September, along with:

  • a narrated, on-demand digital training presentation which volunteers can play before and/or after their orientation with JABC staff
  • a classroom PowerPoint deck that takes you seamlessly through the program and its many activities

The JABC Program Team is currently scheduling programs with teachers and orientation sessions with volunteers. For more information, please contact your local JABC Program Team member.

JA staff, volunteers, teachers and students from across Canada have worked collaboratively over the past two years to develop this new version. We hope you like it!