After-school program for elementary students in personal finance economics
Friday, March 30, 2012
The Center for Economic Education is training volunteers piloting a new after-school program in personal finance and economics for children.
Internet bank ING Direct and the National Council for Economic Education chose the center to help volunteers from Boys Scouts of America and ING deliver 14 lessons this semester at after-school clubs. Lessons include learning how to save, budget and use banks. Lessons also discuss jobs, careers and entrepreneurship. Activity-based lessons can require students to play games and even create their own mini-economies.
As learning incentives, students earn “econo-bucks” that can be redeemed for candy and knick knacks.
Ken Rebeck, associate professor of economics, and others conducted training sessions in November and December. Implementation began Jan. 9.
Rebeck is the interim director of the Center for Economic Education, St. Cloud State’s engine for improving economic literacy in Central Minnesota.