Youth Financial Literacy Youth Presentations (K-12, including special needs)
Suncoast offers free financial presentations for youth that teach various components of financial literacy to all grade levels and abilities. From counting money to budgeting and establishing credit…we’ve got it covered School Branch Program (Elementary, Middle & High School)
In an effort to increase financial literacy among students and to promote saving at an early age, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union began this program in Brandon High School in 2002 and currently sponsors branches in 23 high schools, 3 middle schools and 7 elementary schools in various counties. The program consists of opening and operating a branch with limited functioning inside a school. At the high school and middle school levels, students are instructed on how to run the branch, performing duties such as accepting account applications, taking deposits, giving on-line banking demonstrations and explaining credit union products and services. The students are given training on soft skills and are evaluated on customer service throughout the year by secret shoppers. Each student branch is given a budget to formulate their own marketing campaigns and is given opportunities throughout the year to earn incentives and to compete with the other student branches. Student branches are typically open once a week before school or during school lunches and are overseen by a credit union employee who is there to assist and answer questions.
Elementary branches are run by Suncoast employees with the help of teachers and volunteers. The students attend presentations on the importance of saving money and are able to add to their savings each week by bringing in deposits. When making deposits, the students are guided through counting the money, filling out the deposit slips and keeping a transaction register to track their balance. They also have the opportunity to participate in various saving challenges and to earn incentives. Mad City Money (Middle & High School)
This program brings a realistic twist to learning how to budget and can be formatted to fit most classroom environments and time frames. Students are given careers, salaries and obligations and typically work with a partner to make choices of where their money should go at stations such as housing, transportation, food, kid care and others. Through this interactive exercise, they soon find out that making choices for a family is difficult and staying within a budget is even harder.