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. Limited resources in schools mean that they are also not able to teach students critical financial skills that will keep them out of debt and help them succeed in life.
Personal Finance is JA’s new financial literacy program for Grade 9-12 students. The program teaches students personal money management skills including the key elements of personal finance such as spending wisely, budgeting, saving, investing and using credit. Program volunteers employ interactive lessons to boost students’ self-confidence, so they can apply their new knowledge to their lives immediately.
By the end of the program, students will have a personal finance plan and clear goals for their financial security.
In this program, students:
- Recognize the role income plays in personal finances
- Discover the importance of planning their financial decisions
- Identify high-dollar items and unexpected costs that require savings
- Learn the importance of making and keeping a spending plan
- Consider the types of expenditures that might go into a monthly budget
- Express the need to make good credit decisions to avoid costly
- Assess potential risks to their personal finances
- Learn preventative methods to limit potential losses
Like other JA programs, Personal Finance is curriculum-linked, student-centered and skills-focused. It is delivered by qualified business volunteers in full day, half day sessions or multiple visits at no cost to schools or groups.