By Olivia DiBiase, Director of Financial Education and Outreach for AFSA
The AFSA Education Foundation has been providing its free personal finance curriculum MoneySKILL® and other resources and training to educators for many years. Our mission is to educate consumers on personal finance concepts and help them realize the benefits of responsible money management while also gaining a better understanding of the credit process. In support of our mission, we offer educators a wide breadth of personal finance teaching tools, including access to our customizable, online personal finance course, MoneySKILL. Foundation staff also regularly deliver teacher workshops and manage continuing education programs for employees at financial services companies.
- MoneySKILL: The AFSA Education Foundation developed MoneySKILL in 2002 as one of the first personal finance courses available online. MoneySKILL has evolved over time and currently provides educators (including parents) with a resource to create high quality, custom, web-based personal finance courses. The curriculum is geared toward middle school, high school, and college students and focuses on a broad range of money management fundamentals. MoneySKILL can be used as a standalone personal finance course or can be included as part of a course in economics, business, math, family and consumer sciences, or wherever personal finance is taught. In addition to being completely free (and ad-free) for all users, MoneySKILL is offered in English and Spanish, contains audio dictation options, and aligns with nationally recognized K-12 personal finance standards.
- Free Digital Financial Education Resources: In addition to MoneySKILL, we also provide other free digital personal finance teaching resources, including brochures, worksheets, videos, teaching guides, and more on our website.
- Workshops and Training: The AFSA Education Foundation frequently delivers MoneySKILL and personal finance education workshops to educator groups – both in-person and virtually – reaching thousands of educators annually. If your school or organization has a need for presenters or conference exhibitors focused on financial education, we encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
- Community Engagement Opportunities: We approach financial education as a collaborative effort and invite you to help us spread the word about the value of financial education and MoneySKILL. Students can only have access to the benefits of MoneySKILL if educators know about and use the curriculum in their classrooms. Check out our MoneySKILL Ambassador Toolkit (here) to access resources and templates for you to do your own community outreach.
The AFSA Education Foundation recently partnered with Dr. Carly Urban, Associate Professor of Economics at Montana State University, to assess the impact of the MoneySKILL curriculum. The evaluation measured changes in financial behaviors and knowledge, specifically among middle school, high school, and college MoneySKILL users between 2014 and 2020. The results are very encouraging, with more than 90% of MoneySKILL students seeing improvements in financial knowledge and an average knowledge gain of 60% when comparing pre- and post-test exams. To learn more about the results, check out our infographic here.
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