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Financial Literacy for Youth (FLY)

Financial Literacy (n): The ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more) and how that person donates it to help others.

Important Information:

Objective: Prepare high school students for their future, through a combination of basic finance, soft skills, and professional development training.
Target Audience: Freshman - Junior Students in the Lenape Regional High School District (pilot program)
When: TBA
Where: TBA
Cost: Free
How to Sign Up:  FLY Registration
How to Volunteer: Looking for local college administrators, Rotarians, and business professionals to volunteer their time - FLY Interest Form

Program Overview:


7:30 – 8:00 AM:    Registration

8:30 – 9:00 AM:    Ice Breaker

9:00 – 9:30 AM:    Goal Setting

9:30 – 10:30 AM:  Skills/Interest Assessment & Career Planning

10:30 – ll:00 AM:   Higher Education Overview

11:00 – 12:00 PM: Paying for Higher Education

12:00 – 1:00 PM:   Lunch & Career Panel

1:00 – 2:00 PM:     Budgeting for your Future

2:00 – 3:00 PM:     Public Speaking Workshop

3:00 – 4:00 PM:     Resume Building

4:00 – 5:00 PM:     Interview Skills

5:00 – 6:00 PM:     Dinner & Higher Education Panel

6:00 – 6:30 PM:     Wrap Up

Session Overviews:


- ~50 Students, split into 10 groups of 5

- Each assigned to 1 Facilitator with materials/supplies stored at table

Goal Setting:

- SMART Goal workshop with interactive session about participants’ long term/short team goals

- Specific

- Measurable

- Actionable

- Relevant

- Time-bound

Skills/Interest Assessment & Career Planning:

- Facilitators present an overview of the below career categories and examples (Holland’s Six Personality Types):

- Realistic (Do’er): Architect, Farmer, Engineer

- Investigative (Thinker): Lawyer, Mathematician, Professor

- Artistic (Creator): Artist, Musician, Writer

- Social (Helper): Counselor, Doctor, Teacher

- Enterprising (Persuader): Management, Marketing, Sales

- Conventional (Organizer): Accountant, Clerk, Editor

- Provide detailed information regarding desired career path, including median salary, required education/ certifications, and benefits/drawbacks

- Split groups into six “types” and led by a Facilitator with a related career to focus discussion specific to the desired career type.

Higher Education Overview

- Facilitators present an overview of the different higher education institutions available, including:

- Vocational Schools

- Community Colleges

- Colleges/Universities

- Facilitators present an overview of the different degrees available, depending on the institution and desired career, including:

- Academic Certificates

- Associate Degrees

- Bachelor’s Degrees

- Master’s Degrees

- Specialist Degrees

- Doctorate Degrees

- In groups, assist Students to identify the higher education that will allow them to achieve their career goal

Paying for Higher Education

- Facilitators present an overview of the cost associated with the different types of higher education, including examples from local institutions

- Facilitators present an overview of the ways to cover the cost of higher education, including the following:

- Grants and Scholarships

- Loans

- Work-Study

- In groups, assist Students to use examples of local grants/scholarships/work-study programs to align with their desired education path

Lunch & Career Panel
- 4 – 6 Panelists, with varied careers
- Serve catered lunch and have Students eat with groups, while Panelists provide their background, work experiences, and advice
- Allow Students to ask Panelists questions about their experiences after brief presentations

Budgeting for your Future

- Facilitators present an overview of budgeting basics, including the following key topics:

- Budget

- Expenses (Fixed vs Variable)

- Income

- Savings

- Bank Accounts

- Investments

- Using the career goal, education paths, and financial aid plan, build out a 1 – 5 year budget, including the following considerations:

- Income/Savings from jobs prior to or during higher education

- Expenses related to higher education (books, housing, tuition, food, entertainment)

- Financial assistance off-sets (grants, scholarships, loans, work-study)

- L/T Expenses related to financial assistance (loan payments and interest)

- Income expected from desired career

- Cost associated with location of desired career

- Investing and Saving income

- Work with Students to assist in the development of their individual budgets to answer any questions and provide advice

Public Speaking Workshop

- Facilitators present an interactive overview of public speaking skills, including the following methodology:

- Speak Sensationally

- Plan & Prepare Precisely

- Entertain Everyone

- Appropriate Appearance

- Know Key Points

- Introduce & Interact

- Notice Neighbors

- Got Goals?

- In groups, work with Students to develop a short presentation (2 minutes) about their career/education/budget plan

- Have Students present to the others in their group and provide constructive feedback to Students


Resume Building

- Facilitators present an overview of the purpose and objective of preparing and maintaining a current resume

- Present the structure and provide an example of a resume that includes the following items:

- Contact Information

- Objective

- Professional Experience

- Education

- Qualification & Skills

- Community Involvement

- Leadership Positions

- Provide an example resume, as well as a resume outline to Students and assist in building their resume, provide feedback


Interview Skills

- Facilitators present an overview of the application, screening, and interview process at general for typical career paths

- Facilitators provide an overview of the different types of interviews that may be provided, including:

- One-on-One

- Behavioral

- Group/Panel

- Dining

- Public Place

- Open Interviews

- Phone/Video/Screening

- Second Round Interviews

- Facilitators provide guidance regarding successful tips for a job interview, including:

- Research the Company

- Dress appropriately

- Practice/Mock Interviews

- Networking

- Follow-Up/Thank Yous

- Business Etiquette

- Facilitators will perform mock interviews in front of Group, one where the interviewee does not perform well, and another where they apply all of the above advice and are successful.


Dinner & Higher Education Panel

- 4 to 6 Panelists, representing local vocational schools, colleges, and universities or higher education professionals

- Serve catered dinner and have Students eat with groups, while Panelists provide their background, overview of their institution, details of available financial aid, and advice

- Allow Students to ask Panelists questions about their experiences after brief presentation