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Preparing Youth for Adulthood

Community Partners

(New York State)

The following organizations may offer financial literacy programs for youth in your area, or may be able to refer you to local resources:

  • 4-H, the youth services branch of Cornell Cooperative Extension, has local offices throughout New York State, some of which may offer personal finance programs.
  • Community Action Agencies may offer financial literacy programs.
  • Local banks or credit unions may offer youth services.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): Adulthood Preparation
Federal and state grants may include PREP topics as part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Grantees may be required to educate adolescents on at least three adulthood preparation subjects. Federal resources include:
Adulthood Preparation Subjects Resource Guide
FYSB Resources: The Exchange
Related Resources
Find more tools and resources on program planning and positive, developmental settings in the toolkits below.
Toolkit: Youth Program Planning
Toolkit: Positive Environments

Helping Youth Achieve Financial Literacy

When young people understand how to manage money, they are equipped with a skill that is key to making their dreams a reality -- and bringing reality to their dreams. To help youth achieve financial literacy, try the following resources.

Program Activities and Curricula

Find Financial Literacy Activities
These classroom activities from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are designed to be flexible and easy to implement.

Resources for Teachers and Educators
This section of provides a collection of federal guides and curricula for teaching financial capability concepts.

Building Wealth: A Beginner's Guide to Securing Your Financial Future
With interactive and print versions, this personal finance education resource is available for schools, nonprofits, financial service providers, and consumers. Topics include setting financial goals, budgeting, saving and investing, managing debt, and understanding credit reports and credit scores. Free download available in English and Spanish.

Money Habitudes
This Dibble Institute curriculum focuses on the human side of money: the often hidden attitudes that dictate how people actually spend, save, and think about money.

Jumpstart Coalition Clearinghouse
Jumpstart offers a clearinghouse of educational materials for building financial literacy. Their searchable database includes many free materials.

The Mint
This site provides tools to help educators and parents teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

Money Smart for Young People
A free program offered on CD by the FDIC, Money Smart consists of eight instructor-led modules.

Resources for Young People
This website can help youth and adults learn to manage their money, understand credit, identify scams, and prevent theft.

Jumpstart's Reality Check
This survey helps youth understand how much money they will need to make in order to support the lifestyle they want.

The Mint: Tips for Teens
Written for teens, this site offers information and activities on earning, saving, spending, owing, tracking, giving, investing, and safeguarding.

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