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Think Healthy Thursday: Pathways to Financial Success

On Thursdays we try to offer some ideas or reasons to help you think about health – and usually we mean nutritional health. Today we ran across a program that helps kids learn about financial health and we thought it was worth sharing…

Pathways to Financial Success strives “to help bring financial education into classrooms across the country in a fun, exciting and interactive way and help children graduate understanding personal finance as well as science, history and math.” Their focus seems to be on working with schools and parents to help students get a cohesive and comprehensive education in financial health. As strong advocates of Family and Consumer Science (FACS) education, we couldn’t agree more. An integral part of the FACS curriculum is learning about budget and finances.

Pathways to Financial Success provides three services: advocacy, curriculum development and grants. We thought grants might be of interest to many of our readers. Grants are awarded to schools looking to implement or wishing to expand upon an existing financial education curriculum.

Here are some of the requirements to apply:

  1. Any public high school in the United States applying for the Pathway to Financial Success Grant must meet the following criteria:
    1. The school has implemented or is looking to implement a financial education curriculum;
    2. A measurement tool is or will be in place to assess participation in and comprehension of the financial education curriculum; and
    3. The school agrees to share overall results of the measurement tool's pre and post-curriculum testing with Discover upon the program's completion, to assess what worked and what didn't.

The website is sponsored by Discover; they are investing up to $10 million in financial education. We recently heard about the program from a grant recipient. We applaud Discover’s investment and we encourage readers to investigate the opportunity for their own classrooms and schools. Good luck!

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