A conversation with Mary Dyer, Financial Education Programs Manager, Finance Authority of Maine
So tell us, what’s new at FAME
We are excited to announce that Claim Your Future® has officially reached 1 million students! Claim Your Future 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), Claim Your Future is available for free online, or the classroom game kit can be purchased through ClaimYourFuture.org.
Teachers and students have been raving about the interactive educational program, and we are proud to reach the milestone of 1 million users online!
What’s the impact this has had/or you hope it will have on moving financial literacy forward?
Claim Your Future is proven to expand knowledge and engage students. We recently partnered with Carly Urban, Professor of Economics at Montana State University to conduct an extensive study to help us determine the impact of Claim Your Future on student knowledge and behavior. We were pleased to report that students who play the game online are:
- More likely to answer financial literacy questions correctly.
- More likely to say planning for the future and budgeting are important.
- Less likely to say they are unsure about their postsecondary training plans.
- Reporting they have plans to attend some type of training after high school, and in particular, students become more likely to say they will attend a four-year school after high school.
We look forward to publishing the full study during financial literacy month in April.
How do we learn more?
To learn more, play online, or order a classroom kit, visit claimyourfuture.org. FAME also offers standard or customized program kits or online sites for state or government entities, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and youth programs looking to support financial education. Organizations have benefited by linking their brand with this high-quality game as it helps raise awareness of their own programs. FAME can customize logos, careers, and expenses in both the classroom game kits or website. Revenue generated from the sales of this program is used to provide financial education to Maine families.
What else are you working on?
In addition to Claim Your Future, we also recently launched new web resources full of financial wellness resources for students and adults, including expansion of our employee financial wellness efforts. We encourage anyone who is interested in supporting lifelong financial wellness to visit our website at FAMEmaine.com/financial-wellness.
Tell us more about your organization
The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is a quasi-independent state agency that works to provide financial solutions to help Maine people achieve their business and higher educational goals. As part of our mission, FAME provides financial education initiatives to Mainers of all ages to build financial stability and a culture change that embraces lifelong learning and saving to pursue educational opportunities.
Connect with us
Financial Education Programs Manager
FINANCE AUTHORITY OF MAINE
P.O. Box 949, 5 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04332-0949
207-620-3556 or 1-800-228-3734
Fax: 207-213-2656 – TTY: 207-626-2717