Thursday, September 04, 2008

Financial Training for Teens

"The rich plan for 3 or 4 generations. The poor plan for Saturday night."
What can we do to get our teens thinking longer term in regards to finances?

1 comment:

Kelly J said...

I really wish we had had more training on finances at Teen Mania. I know the men did some stuff in Trailer Club, but the women only had a one hour session during debriefing (it's been a few years so this may have changed). I recently took a class that changed my life by teaching me about finances. It was called Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. I don’t know if you have ever heard of him or not, but he is a Christian and teaches from a Biblical perspective. I just looked and he has a curriculum designed specifically for high school students. He makes understanding finances both fun and easy. He talks about the power of starting to save when you are young, and the dangers of debt. It was a great class not only because of the teachings, but we also had small group discussions. I was the only college age person in my group and I got to listen to the others who were young parents, grandparents and singles talk about what mistakes they made and what they did right. It was wonderful learning from their experiences. At Teen Mania it would be great if some staff volunteered to lead some discussions (not just CA’s or RA’s but staff with real life experience outside of TM). That’s my two cents worth.