Money Matters
Money Matters: Make it Count™ suite of financial education resources for teens promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college.
Program Components
· Money Matters Facilitator’s Guide provides Club staff and volunteers with basic financial information and instructions for the small-group activities that are easy to implement.
· Reality Store is an interactive, group experience that shows hoe education, career, and family impact financial decision-making.
· $ky is a fun and engaging video game accessed online allowing teens to explore how early financial decisions impact their financial futures. Access the Sky game at mmskygame.net.
· The Money Matters website helps teens build their money management skills through interactive activities, games and tools such as a savings and financial aid calculator to help them plan for college.
· The Money Matters Scholarship program is designed to highlight and promote BGCA’s Money Matters program among Club teens ages 16 to 18. Scholarships will be awarded to Club teens who demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of financial responsibility.

Program Impact
A recent evaluation of 1,600 teens from more than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs demonstrated the Money Matters program helped them become smarter about money. Youth showed improvement on 94% of survey questions asked before and after taking the program in their Club.

The infographic “Building Teens’ Sense About Their Dollars” highlights findings from the evaluation and demonstrates that financial education programs do make a difference in preparing teens for their future.

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Age Category 13-15
44% of our Club members are girls.