SecureFutures, which has been teaching the basics of money management to teens since 2006, is a model for the type of financial education that is now mandated in Wisconsin. A number of schools have voluntarily created curricula or adopted programs developed by outside organizations, but the law marks the first time that financial literacy education is mandated for all Wisconsin students.
SecureFutures trains business community volunteers to teach an interactive curriculum. Six classes held over six weeks cover budgeting; saving; opening and managing bank accounts; protecting against identity theft and fraud; the power of compound interest; credit cards; and credit scores.
Since its founding as Make a Difference – Wisconsin, the organization has expanded from MPS to schools and community organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. In 2016, it served more than 8,000 teens at about 100 sites, according to Campbell. Last year, the Money Sense program was offered in 22 MPS schools. The organization changed its name to SecureFutures in August.