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					 Background
      • The Peter G. Peterson Foundation (PGPF)
        launched an effort to engage young people in
        the growing challenges that threaten our
        financial future – and to mobilize them to take
        corrective action




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Background
            – PGPF awarded eight grants in July 2008 to:
                  • Support the creation of new tools to help young people
                    learn about public and personal finance
                  • Enable citizens and business leaders to demand change
                    from their elected officials


            – PGPF purchased the feature documentary
              I.O.U.S.A.




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Background
      • America’s Promise Alliance received one of
        the grants to expand the teaching of financial
        responsibility and related civic activities for
        middle and high school students around the
        country




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Background
      • America‟s Promise Alliance
            – Nation‟s largest partnership alliance
            – Founded by General Colin Powell and chaired by
              Alma Powell
            – Believes children‟s success is grounded in
              experiencing the Five Promises:
                  1.   Caring adults
                  2.   Safe places
                  3.   A healthy start
                  4.   An effective education
                  5.   Opportunities to help others


$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Background
            – More than 270 partners:
                  •   Corporations
                  •   Nonprofit organizations
                  •   Foundations
                  •   Policymakers
                  •   Advocacy groups
                  •   Faith groups
            – All are committed to ensuring that children receive
              the fundamental resources – the Five Promises –
              they need to lead successful, healthy and
              productive lives and build a stronger society


$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Background




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Background
      • America‟s Promise Alliance collaborated with
        the Academy for Educational Development
        (AED) to produce a companion curriculum to
        I.O.U.S.A.
      • Academy for Educational Development (AED)
            – Founded in 1961
            – An independent, nonprofit organization committed
              to solving critical social problems
            – Places a focus on education and health issues in
              the United States and around the world

$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Development
      • AED conducted an environmental scan of
        existing financial literacy programs

      • Identified “teachable moments” from
        I.O.U.S.A.

      • Convened and worked with an advisory panel
        of youth and adult leaders from schools and
        community-based organizations around the
        country to inform curriculum development
$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Purpose
      • I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing
        national debt and its consequences for the
        United States and its citizens

      • $aving Our Futures was developed to teach
        young people about financial responsibility
        and to advocate for smarter money
        management in their homes, communities and
        from elected officials


$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Purpose
      • It also was designed to provide young people
        with opportunities to create and participate in
        quality service-learning projects
            – Within their schools and communities
            – As part of their academic studies or other type of
              intentional learning activity

      • The current generation of youth will suffer the
        consequences of a growing national debt
        tomorrow, if it is not addressed responsibly
        today

$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Purpose
      • $aving Our Futures involves and engages
        young people to be part of the solution by
        informing and educating their communities
        and their leaders




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Benefits to Youth Participants
      • Opportunity to engage as civically responsible
        individuals
      • Learn and practice financial responsibility and
        math skills
      • Create and participate in quality
        service-learning projects
      • Understand economic and political systems
      • Engage in problem solving and critical
        thinking
      • Practice public speaking

$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Benefits to Youth Participants
      • Lead community events to engage their
        peers, families and friends
      • Gain tools to succeed in life




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Overview
      • Designed for middle and early high school
      • Can be used in or after school
      • Accommodates a variety of program lengths
        and intensities
      • Adaptable for those already engaged in
        financial literacy work
      • Community extension activities provide
        service-learning opportunities


$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Overview
      •   Chapter 1: Introduction
      •   Chapter 2: Budget
      •   Chapter 3: Savings
      •   Chapter 4: Trade
      •   Chapter 5: Leadership
      •   Chapter 6: Action




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Overview
      • Resources
            – Glossary of terms
            – Materials templates and tools


      • Suggested implementation timeline options
            – Short-term (8.5-13 weeks)
                  • For those already engaged in financial literacy and
                    financial responsibility work
            – Medium (16-20 weeks)
            – Long (25-34 weeks)

$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Overview
      • Each chapter includes:
            –   Learning objectives
            –   Activities
            –   New vocabulary
            –   Meeting/session outline
            –   Discussion questions
            –   Community extension activities
            –   Instructor tips




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Overview
      • Some sections reference the I.O.U.S.A. movie
        and encourage viewing specific sections of
        the film to enhance lessons

      • Core chapters (2-5) include sections focusing
        on math skills




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Overview
      • Community extension activities encourage
        young people to apply the lessons learned
        through service-learning projects, in or with:
            –   Homes
            –   Schools
            –   Communities
            –   Media
            –   Elected officials




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Overview
      • Action sections build on the suggestions
        proposed at the end of the movie
            – Youth-driven action plans to influence real policy
              change




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Benefits
      • Timely
            – Leverages what young people are hearing about
              the economy


      • Easy to use
            – Pick and choose which modules you want to use,
              or use them all
            – Easy to supplement what you‟re already doing on
              this topic



$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Benefits
      • Easy to understand
            – Confusing terms and concepts are written in
              language that adults and young people can
              understand


      • Engaging and relevant
            – “Teachable moments” and real-world activities will
              resonate with today‟s youth




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Benefits
      • Incorporates effective teaching strategies
            – Young people teaching young people


      • Meets academic standards-of-learning for
        civics and math




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Curriculum Benefits
      • Answers the „So what can we do about it?’
        question
            – Builds toward a youth-driven action plan to
              influence real policy change




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Promotional Tools
      • A series of promotional tools were developed
        and made available for those who want to
        share $aving Our Futures with others and/or
        encourage others to use it
            –   Flyer
            –   Web banner(s)
            –   Newsletter article and curriculum cover image
            –   I.O.U.S.A. (30-min. version)
            –   PowerPoint presentation/template
            –   Co-signed letter template

$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Ways to Promote
 $aving Our Futures
      • Distribute to your networks
            – Flyer
      • Provide a link from your Web site
            – Web banner
      • Include in newsletters, listservs, other
        communications
            – Newsletter article
            – Curriculum cover image



$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Ways to Promote
 $aving Our Futures
      • Host a screening of I.O.U.S.A., or present at
        meetings, conferences, etc.
            – I.O.U.S.A. (30-min. version)
            – PowerPoint presentation
            – Flyer
      • Co-sign a letter and deliver it to your
        CEO/President/Executive Director
            – Letter template




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Next Steps
      • Use and promote $aving Our Futures!

      • Work toward developing youth action plans
        that will empower youth and create real
        change




$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
 Future Plans
      If additional funding becomes available:
      • Build a $aving Our Futures community
            – Expand and enhance curriculum Web site
            – Continue promotion of curriculum among adults
              and youth
            – Translate materials into other languages
            – Develop new materials for independent youth
              learning and projects
            – Create a national awards program



$aving Our Futures: A Financial Responsibility Program for Young People
            Access the curriculum, I.O.U.S.A. movie
             and promotional tools for free online:


              www.americaspromise.org/financialresponsibility



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