Friday, June 3, 2011

Pam' Picks: Folks who are Making a Difference in the Financial Literacy World

Each week, I spend a lot of time reading new articles and blogs about kids, teens, money and financial literacy.  I'll even pop over to YouTube and see what's going on over there. In "Pam's Picks", I will share some great articles and videos with you.

I just wrapped up several weeks of volunteering at our local elementary school with Junior Achievement.  I spent one week with fourth grade students and another week with second grade students.  Words can’t describe how impressed I was with the Junior Achievement program and also with the response from the students.  The kids were excited to learn about businesses and money management, were creative with their ideas and were very thoughtful in their decision making processes.  I left feeling optimistic and enthusiastic about financial literacy.  This week, I decided to collect articles about people or organizations who are making a positive difference in the world of financial literacy.

Junior Achievement:  If you aren't aware of JA and the great things they can accomplish, please check out their website.  In their own words..."Junior Achievement is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers — all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA's hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people all over the world."

Dan Kadlec at CBS Moneywatch:  Dan writes fabulous articles about kids, teens and money.  In one of his most recent articles, "Kids and Money:  How Teen Attitudes are Shifting", he reported some highly encouraging statistics about teens and money.  The most encouraging note was that 86% of teens wanted to learn about budgets, taxes, credit cards and savings.    Read the full article...

Brian Page:  Brian is a personal finance teacher at Reading High School in Ohio.  He was most recently named the 2011 Visa’s National Innovative Educator of the Month  Brian and his students also run, a financial literacy website for teachers and students.  Brian is also the developer of Awesome Island, an award winning financial literacy game.  

And...just for fun...a little School House Rocks video about kids and money.


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