WHAT WE DO:
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) has prepared more than 575 million tax returns worldwide since 1955, making it the country’s largest tax services provider. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by approximately 90,000 tax professionals and through H&R Block At Home™ digital products.
In addition to preparing millions of tax returns annually, H&R Block works to increase financial literacy through H&R Block Dollars & Sense. Launched in 2009, H&R Block Dollars & Sense has provided more than $3 million in curriculum grants and scholarships to high schools and students nationwide to help increase teens’ financial fitness.
To further this mission, H&R Block has teamed up with DoSomething.org to help teens teach teens ways to be more financially literate. DoSomething.org is the country’s largest nonprofit for young people and social change. It has 1,425,974 million members (and counting). DoSomething.org spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact—without ever needing money, an adult or a car. More than 2.4 million people took action through DoSomething.org in 2012.
The Craziest Thing I Did to Save Money
The H&R Block and DoSomething.org partnership has created a campaign called the Craziest Thing I Did to Save Money, which asks teens to submit stories of the left-of-center things they do to save money. As part of the campaign, the program has been able to collect close to 4,000 stories in just over four weeks.
As teens peruse the gallery of stories, they are pushed towards tips on how they can save a little smarter and asked to invite their friends to check out the crazy (and useful) money saving tips from their peers. Anyone that submits a story to the gallery is entered to win a $4,000 scholarship.
Mind on my Money & Money on my Mind
In addition, DoSomething has created a grant program called Mind on my Money & Money on my Mind, which encourages teens to run one to three workshops with their friends, focusing on budgeting, credit cards and student loans. The workshops aren’t your typical financial education programs, though—they’ve injected a lot of humor, pop culture and activities to make it a lot of fun.
Anyone that runs a workshop with their friends and tells us how it went is entered to win a $10,000 scholarship. Attendees of the workshops are entered for a $1,000 scholarship.
WHAT WE NEED:
H&R Block Dollars & Sense and DoSoemthing.org need others to join them in order to spread the awareness of the programs, and ultimately, empower teens to teach each other the basics of personal finance.
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Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy