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The Importance of Financial Education

April is Financial Literacy Month, and it’s more important than ever to have the online learning tools necessary to educate children and young adults on effective money management. As parents and educators, you understand the importance of a solid foundation of financial literacy for future success.

Where to Access Free Resources

To ensure that the next generations are prepared for their financial futures, National Exchange Bank & Trust has suggested some free, online personal finance courses and lesson plans for teachers and parents. These tools have been created by various organizations and meet national content standards for use in the classroom:

  1. Building Your Future (https://www.actuarialfoundation.org/building-your-future/): This financial literacy program is a four-part series that takes students through a hands-on experience of all phases of proper money management. (for high school students)
  2. FoolProofMe (https://www.foolproofme.org/academy/highschool): This curriculum is highly interactive and teaches youth about money, financial responsibility, and the free enterprise system. There is also a homeschool module. (for teachers and parents)
  3. High School Financial Planning (https://www.hsfpp.org/): This plan-driven program guides students through financial planning and how to apply successful, financial decisions to their own lives.
  4. MoneySkill (https://afsaef.org/): This course is designed to teach students about income, expenses, saving and investing, credit, and insurance through modules and built-in quizzes. (for teachers)
  5. Money Smart for Young People (https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/young.html): This series consists of age-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans to help students be money smart. (for teachers, parents and students grades K - 12)
  6. NextGen Personal Finance (https://www.ngpf.org/): This program’s mission is to revolutionize the teaching of personal finance to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans. (for middle and high school teachers)
  7. Practical Money Skills (http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/): This set of 22 lessons promotes financial learning through collaboration, real-world connections, and communication tools. (for all ages, students and teachers)
  8. Take Charge Today (https://takechargetoday.arizona.edu/): This program takes a decision-based approach to personal finance and thinking through financial choices in order to improve well-being. (for teachers grades 7 – 12)
  9. Youth Financial Education (https://www.consumerfinance.gov/practitioner-resources/youth-financial-education/): This program shares tools and resources to teach youth the journey of financial well-being. 
  10. Money as You Grow (https://www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/money-as-you-grow/): This resource provides valuable insights on teaching children how to manage their money and invest for the future. (for parents)

For or more information regarding these resources or to get in touch with a financial professional, give us a call today.

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