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Here are just a few ideas on how you can make a difference.

  • Address school boards/public meetings on the need for personal finance
  • Get businesses in communities involved in providing support for reaching young people
  • Lobby local politicians (city councils, mayors) - inform and educate them on the need for financial education
  • Address chambers, city councils for support of school-based education
  • Work with charter and private schools
  • Identify teachers, school principals who support financial literacy education; work with them to start testing it in a school
  • Get involved with classroom volunteer organizations, like Junior Achievement
  • Support a financial evening at back-to-school events
  • Work with schools to provide assembly programs, lunch programs, etc. to provide financial literacy education at times when it won’t conflict with curriculum requirements
  • Make it part of your local school district’s curriculum, working with parents, teachers and school administration
  • Involve Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, boys and girls clubs, etc. in providing financial literacy education through workshops, merit badge programs, etc.
  • Work with after-school programs to provide financial literacy education while students are being cared for after school hours and during school breaks, also work with your library
  • Involve business/fraternal organizations in the community, especially in working with high school students
  • Arrange for financial literacy education to be discussed on local cable TV shows
  • Develop personal stories of how financial literacy has made a difference in local peoples’ lives to persuade politicians of the importance of mandating it in schools
  • Get involved with the PTA – use the power of parents
  • Work with school districts to find ways to provide those involved in home schooling with financial literacy educational materials