WHAT WE DO:
Money Savvy Generation, Inc. creates educational products that help teachers, parents, grandparents and other significant adults in a child's life, teach children about money. What we do works. Our research and the awards we have received serve as proof that our tools shape and, if needed, change money behavior for the better in the children who use them.
We started our work in 1999 - not soon enough to have helped avoid the economic train wreck we are all living through today. But the children who use or have used our materials are already different from the adults we all read and hear about everyday. These children are part of the Money Savvy Generation, and they know how to delay gratification when it comes to the money in their lives.
We work with public sector, private sector and not-for-profit institutions to provide products and services that will ultimately improve the state of financial literacy among their constituencies. We strive to empower young people to take control over their financial lives and futures, by teaching them the secret of self-control.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Award Winning Curriculum
Through partnership with both the public sector and the private sector, the company's Money Savvy KidsTM Basic Personal Finance Curriculum and Money Savvy U Intermediate Personal Finance Curriculum are currently integrated into elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S. and in parts of Europe. The curricula meet state educational standards in the U.S. for Economics, Math and Reading, and also align with the Jump$tart National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education. Additionally, Money Savvy Kids was a winner of a 2007 EIFLE award for excellence in financial literacy and has served as the basis for the Emmy-nominated "Money Farm" series, produced by Chicago Public Television.
Financial Literacy Lifeline Program
Through our separate private foundation, the Money Savvy Generation Foundation we provide free financial literacy curricula to schools through the Financial Literacy Lifeline Program. The Money Savvy Generation Foundation donates curriculum material and provides teacher training in schools that would otherwise be unable to purchase these resources. Much of the funding for the program comes from other charitable organizations that use the Money Savvy Generation Foundation to execute financial education programs that they cannot.
Hands-on, award-winning teaching banks
The award-winning Money Savvy Pig bank has some new family members. Moolah, the Money Savvy Cow and the Money Savvy Football bank, each with the patented four chambers (or rather, four choices: save, spend, donate and invest) and a translucent body, so that children can learn to delay gratification by thinking of choices other than spend. All banks are available on our Web site (www.msgen.com) as well as in bulk with discounted pricing.
WHAT WE NEED:
The Money Savvy Generation Foundation needs your funding. School administrators, teachers, parents and students tell us that our educational tools have changed students' attitudes and behavior around money. Our independent research tells us that we are making a difference. We have waiting lists of teachers that want the materials; all we need is your sponsorship.
We have heard from many teachers that they would love to use the curriculum in more classrooms and on a regular basis. The only thing that hinders some of them is budget constraints. Corporate sponsors have come to the rescue in many cases by sponsoring a school or group of schools, and some have taken advantage of our imprinting service and have their logos imprinted on the piggy banks, which go home at the end of the course. More corporate sponsors directly translate into more kids getting this much-needed education.
The "Money Savvy Kids Club™" children's book series:
Rolled out this year, this is a series of children's books that teaches children about the choices they have for money and how to manage those choices. Each child in the series has the personality of a money choice. This allows children to see these money choices "in character". So far the series has dealt with the power of putting the "Do" in Donate as well as the loss of a home due to foreclosure. Coming in July, "Penny Power" will have the Money Savvy Kids Club teaching it's readers about the power of compound savings.Many School librarians have incorporated this series into their lesson plans.
$ave, Chicago! 2009
This initiative, launched in conjunction with Chicago City Treasurer, Stephanie Neely, the ING Foundation and Junior Achievement of Chicago reached 71,000 Chicago Public school students with Money Savvy Generation and JA's financial eduction programs.
Money Savvy Generation
910 Sherwood Drive, Suite 17
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy