|In celebration of April as Youth Financial Literacy Month, we want you to be aware of Claim Your Future® – a free resource brought to you by FAME!
Claim Your Future® (CYF) is a proven, engaging educational game that encourages students to explore career pathways, financial decision making, and the future return on investment of post-secondary education and training. Developed by the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), CYF began as a classroom game kit, but has since expanded into a digital experience to meet the needs of a changing educational landscape.
Teachers and students have been raving about the interactive educational program, and nearly one million students have played online, or in the classroom. The CYF program is proven to expand knowledge and engage students from fifth grade through high school and even into adulthood. Teachers have used the program as a one-time classroom activity or as part of a larger unit on careers, higher education, and money management.
FAME developed CYF to help increase financial capability and knowledge of future career opportunities among students in Maine. State agency and Gear Up partners, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, summer camps, and others have embraced CYF as a financial education tool that enhances their existing programs.
“Our GEAR UP Grant used Claim Your Future to provide financial education to our students, but then it turned into so much more. I’ve been in classrooms a lot, but this was the most fun and engaging activity to date. This activity became the catalyst for steering students towards rigorous courses, starting them on their chosen pathway. Additionally, customer service and support are exceptional. Anytime I had questions or needs, FAME staff responded in a timely and thorough manner. I highly recommend using Claim Your Future as part of your GEAR UP services.”
Sharla Bynum, GEAR UP Coordinator, Cottonwood High School, Utah
FAME also developed the program to use as part of Maine’s statewide financial education efforts and has helped tens of thousands of Maine students become more financially savvy.
The online version has been played all over the world and is very popular in many states. Due to overwhelming requests, FAME has adapted the program so other organizations can co-brand and customize the program (both website and game kits) for their own constituents.
FAME offers standard or customized program kits or online sites for other state entities, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and youth programs looking to support financial education. Organizations have enjoyed linking their brand with this high-quality game as it helps raise awareness of their own programs with this key audience. FAME can customize logos, careers, and expenses to either the physical game kits or website. Revenue generated from the sales of this program is used to provide financial education to Maine families.
“Students gain greater understanding than they would just from a book or lecture. They share with one another as they learn about higher education, career opportunities, and spending choices,” said St. Michael School Principal Kevin Cullen.
To learn more, watch videos of students playing the game, and/or try the lesson yourself go to: ClaimYourFuture.org.
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