Making a Difference at the Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club of America is a nationwide organization that has a mission to inspire young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
There are five core areas that each club focuses on for the young people who come to the Boys and Girls Club including education and career development, character and leadership development, sports and recreation, health and fitness, and the arts.
Similar to the Boys and Girls Club’s mission, it’s also MSUFCU’s mission to aid local young people in reaching their goals and dreams. At MSUFCU, it’s our mission to assist members in achieving financial security, their goals, and ultimately, their dreams—starting with our youth.
This is one of the many reasons Paul Day, MSUFCU’s Education Outreach Specialist, visits different age groups at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing on a regular basis to help the club reach their mission of helping local young people. Day’s main objective at the club is to teach them about a financial literacy program called, Money Matters.
For teens, ages 13-18, Money Matters is broken up into five sections: topics on budgeting, savings, planning for college, credit and debit, and entrepreneurship.
Throughout the first quarter of this year, Day engaged teens with activities covering needs versus wants, the importance of prioritizing and saving money, identifying and achieving goals, and how to properly budget money to ensure they’re living within their means.
“The Boys and Girls Club of Lansing is fortunate to have Mr. Day and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union as community partners. They really understand the mission of the Boys and Girls Club and the importance of financial literacy in our community,” said Miranda Walson, Boys and Girls Club Program Director.
Although the program was originally focused on teaching only teens, Day has further customized this program for ages 6-9 and 10-12 by breaking down the lesson plan to cover financial topics relevant to each age group.
For example, ages 6-9 focus more on needs and wants and understanding what money is and how it has been used over time, while ages 10-12 start learning about the difference between goods and service jobs and check writing.
April Clobes, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “It’s important to us that we continue to focus on financial education at the Boys and Girls Club because by providing our youth with the right tools and resources needed to be financially secure as they grow, we help them to achieve their dreams.”
Day will continue to work with the young people at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing on financial literacy topics throughout the rest of 2013.
For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, please visit http://www.bgclansing.org/.