The Issue: Teens Need to Develop Financial-Literacy Skills
When young adults do not receive adequate financial training, they risk falling into preventable traps that can hurt their credit scores and cause chronic financial problems. Educating teenagers about money management at a young age can prevent these issues from arising in adulthood and equip them to achieve their goals.
The Campaign: Train Volunteers to Teach Financial Literacy
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Make A Difference – Wisconsin can train 25 volunteers to teach financial-literacy courses in local high schools. Each additional $20 raised will train another volunteer. These volunteers come from the business community and engage students by sharing personal and professional experiences about financial responsibility. They teach students how to create a budget, write a check, and compare credit-card offers during a series of six 50-minute presentations. Make A Difference ultimately aims to recruit and train approximately 200 volunteers for the upcoming school year, in order to reach 6,000 students in schools across southeast Wisconsin.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Make A Difference – Wisconsin
Make A Difference – Wisconsin trains students to become financially literate to help ensure that they make sound decisions as adults. The organization recruits volunteers from the business community and teaches them how to interact with the students during educational sessions held throughout the school year. Volunteers teach the students a variety of money-management skills during seminars on budgeting and saving, understanding checking accounts, and understanding credits cards, reports, and history. Make A Difference has delivered its program to 26,000 students in the last six years. The results it has collected from the last three years include reports from graduates who have been inspired to open savings accounts and who share tips from the program with friends and family members.