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Indiana - Financial Literacy Resources

Below is a list of Web sites with financial literacy resources for educators, parents, adults, teens, children and others. In addition the list below, the National Jump$tart Coalition has a comprehensive clearinghouse with financial literacy resources.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
360 Degrees of Financial literacy is a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills.  It focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor—from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement.

Building Your Future (Actuarial Foundation)
At a time of widespread economic turmoil and financial challenge, it is more important than ever that teens are given the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money wisely and to make smart decisions for the future. In response, The Actuarial Foundation has released Building Your Future, an engaging and relevant financial literacy curriculum to help teens master the foundational elements of personal finance and to prepare for life after high school.

Feed the Pig
"Spokespig" Benjamin Bankes is here to remind you to feed your piggy bank. This website is here to help you do just that. Here, you’ll find fun tools, a quiz, tons of tips and other resources. They will all help you think through your spending and saving habits, identify ways you can start saving and commit to making changes that will reduce your debt and grow your savings.

Gen i Revolution
Developed for middle school and high school students, this online game gives your students the chance to learn important personal finance skills as they play and compete against fellow classmates. The game includes fifteen Missions in which students attempt to help people in financial trouble. Students join the Gen I Revolution, strategically select their Operatives, and begin to explore and earn points as they work to complete each Mission.

Indiana Council for Economic Education
The Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) is a non-profit, educational organization located at Purdue University. Founded in 1954, the ICEE is a comprehensive partnership of leaders from business, labor, agriculture, education, and government dedicated to increasing economic literacy in Indiana. Its mission is to prepare students to become active citizens and productive member of our economy by providing them with the ability to make sound economic decisions. ICEE provides classroom resources, curriculum and professional development workshops in addition to running the Stock Market Game.

Indiana Department of Education - Financial Literacy Education
In 2009, Indiana passed a law requiring personal finance be taught in grades 6-12. This Web site has information about the financial literacy standards and resources available to help teachers fulfill the requirements of that legislation.

Indiana Investment Watch (Secretary of State's Office)
Indiana Investment Watch educates Hoosiers about the various types of investment and mortgage fraud and promotes financial literacy in Hoosiers of all ages. The comprehensive Web site has tips and tools for consumers, investors and educators.

Junior Achievement Student Center
The JA Student Center helps students find information about exploring careers, finding a college, paying for college, managing their money and planning a business.

Money Management
Money Management is a weekly, personal finance column offering advice on taxes, college savings, retirement planning, insurance, small business strategies and a variety of other financial issues. The columns are produced by INCPAS in cooperation with the AICPA.

NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
When it comes to learning about how to handle and manage money, any knowledge a student gains from a course on the subject isn’t worth much if there isn’t a way to turn what they learn into real actions that result in positive habits. That is what the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) does through its seven unit Student Guide and Instructor’s Manual. While most financial education programs focus on subjects to be learned, the NEFE HSFPP turns the focus on the students, so the curriculum is not about creating a budget, but creating THEIR budgets, THEIR financial plan, THEIR saving plan, THEIR investing plan. That’s right, the NEFE HSFPP personalizes learning so that students can immediately begin to apply learned skills in their own life.

Practical Money Skills
This site contains resources for educators, parents and students related to financial literacy and money management. Here you'll find curriculum, tips and tools, online games, articles and more.

Team Fin Lit
The purpose of this site is to bring together educators, nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, community groups and others to share ideas, best practices and resources for successfully teaching financial literacy to Hoosiers. The site is members only. If you have questions or have trouble logging in, please contact Melanie Woods at Turn on JavaScript!.

Understanding Taxes (IRS)
Developed by the IRS, this curriculum correlates with state standards and is aimed at helping your students understand taxes. The online site has lesson plans and activities for teachers to download as well as a student section to apply what they learn.

Financial Education Solutions - $ucce$$ Program
Developed by Indiana student James Langford, the $ucce$$ Program is a comprehensive financial literacy curriculum designed for middle and high school students. $ucce$$ is video based, and directly correlates to state and national standards. Each lesson begins with a video (about 5 minutes in length) that teaches the main concept in an entertaining and engaging way.