Since 2007, Money Savvy Generation Foundation along with Dr. Mark Schug, PhD of Economics and Financial Literacy Consultant, and the Brewers Community Foundation have trained third grade teachers in the Milwaukee Public Schools so they could teach their students the basics of personal finance.
Each year the program is closed with a visit from the Milwaukee Brewers player that helped fund the program. The player’s message? Save and invest for the day when you cannot rely on your talent to make money. Kids love the visit and really listen when Brewers players come to their schools and teach!
The program was created to help teachers feel comfortable teaching their elementary students basic financial literacy skills in the classroom with the Money Savvy Kids curriculum. Since that pilot year, through this program nearly 1,500 elementary students in Milwaukee have been equipped with the life skills training to help them make informed money decisions as they grow.An additional benefit to working with the teachers in training sessions at the excellent location of Miller Park – courtesy of the Brewers Community Foundation – has been the positive impact the program has had on the participating teachers. Some were a bit skeptical at the start that the program really would work for their classrooms. But after completing the training, they too started putting some of the lessons into action in their own lives.
We are all proud of this program we started over four years ago – and we are thrilled that the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy has recognized the Brewers Community Foundation for this program with a Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award. Here’s the link to the announcement:
Congratulations to the Brewers Community Foundation – and thanks for helping make financial literacy education available for so many Milwaukee students!