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HSFPP Stories of Impact

When Students Become Teachers

HSFPP Stories of Impact

real teachers real stories

by Amanda de Fays, Canton, Ohio

I teach in a very diverse school district, and at the beginning of the semester my students revealed to me that they have not had any direction from their parents regarding personal finance and had limited formal instruction through the school.

One of my students went on to say that her mom once remarked that she felt easier talking to the student about "sex" than personal finances. Other students told me that because their parents had failed to properly manage their money, the parents felt they had no knowledge to pass along to the student.

I found that my students were more eager than ever to learn the ins-and-outs about personal finance, and I was excited to be leading them through the experience. Each week, I introduced a new topic that built on the previous topic through the NEFE [program]. I had ordered the booklets for the students and had many resources to offer. By Module 5, Financial Services, my students were really pumped about personal finance and how they would like to offer help to their peers! It was very inspiring to me.

The capstone piece of our business program falls during the senior year, where students create and run companies. Three students from my fall course met with me to talk about how they want to start a nonprofit company called "Workshops, Inc." in which they develop personal finance classes for students in our district on the weekends, after school and even during the school day. They want our students to understand the power of spending and saving, different financial pitfalls to avoid, the use of credit and other key financial topics!

The common theme from all three of these students was "the earlier you expose kids to this, the more of an opportunity they will have to be successful as an adult." It opens up a dialogue with students early on that they hopefully will carry into their households. My students "got it" – they were thankful that we covered these topics in class. Our dialogue continues to be open and reflective, and I am blown away that my students will be spending their summer creating an opportunity to teach others!