Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Financial Literacy Month: Unlocking Money Smarts All Year Long

​​Financial Literacy Month is here, and it's time to celebrate. 🎉

This April, caregivers and volunteers, it's your chance to team up and help Girl Scouts master some serious money know-how. Girls have big dreams about their education, careers, and financial success. With our support, they have the tools to reach for the stars. Rest assured! You don't need to be a financial whiz to help them reach their goals and set them on a path of financial empowerment. Let's dive in and see how you can make a big impact while having fun.

First, let’s give a huge shoutout to the nine Girl Scout councils who hosted fantastic Financial Literacy events made possible by the Charles Schwab Foundation. These events were all about Girl Scouts learning the tools to take control of their financial futures. Additionally, these councils are not just stopping there. They are continuing to host more events, ensuring that even more Girl Scouts have access to financial literacy education.

The council-run events were based on the Financial Literacy badges, available for all grade levels. Girl Scouts learned key financial literacy concepts, such as creating a budget, setting money goals and reaching them, as well as making smart money choices.

"I learned about taxes and savings." Olivia, Junior, 11 years old

"I learned that a budget helps me save money." Taylor, Brownie, 8 years old

From Daisies to Ambassadors, Girl Scouts participated in hands-on activities and got important guidance from local Charles Schwab Foundation pros.

“I spoke with the older group of Girl Scouts. They were interactive and fun to talk to! They had some great questions about credit and budgeting.” Jamie, Charles Schwab Foundation volunteer

Thank you to all the participating councils:
  • Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine
  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas
  • Girl Scouts of Citrus
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
  • Girl Scouts Northeast Texas
  • Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
  • Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains

Next, let's ensure that your Girl Scout has the opportunity to shape her financial future. If you believe in the importance of financial literacy as a key aspect of success, then let's dive into those Financial Literacy badges today. These badges are designed to address real-world situations that girls will encounter and provide them with skills to make wise financial choices. Even kindergarteners can get in on the action, practicing goal-setting and teamwork through fun activities and projects. And for the older girls? They'll get to flex their financial muscles by managing troop finances, funding their awesome adventures, and so much more. By instilling a money-smart mindset early on, we're setting your Girl Scout up for a lifetime of making savvy financial decisions.

So, as we celebrate Financial Literacy Month this April, let's come together to make a difference. Let's arm our girls with the knowledge and confidence they need to make the world a better and more equitable place. By introducing a mindset focused on smart money management early on, we're laying the groundwork for your Girl Scout to make informed financial decisions throughout her life. Let's do this! 💪💰