From the Field – Eustis High School, Eustis, FL

United Southern spent the day at Eustis High School helping students budget, learn about careers in banking and finance, and allowing EVERFI certificate holders access to open free checking accounts despite their age.

Schools Manager: Mat Kirouac
Teacher: Debbie Cyr
School: Eustis High School – Lake County
City: Eustis, FL
Course: EVERFI: Financial Literacy, Venture

From the Field – Broadmoor High School, Baton Rouge, LA

Regions Bank, Broadmoor High and Everfi partnered to hold a certification ceremony for the 116 students who completed Everfi: Financial Literacy, as well as those who also completed Ignition, Healthy Relationships and/or Venture. We had several special guests in attendance, including the Director of High Schools Sholanda Simoneaux, Director of Career and Technical Education Ronnie Pocorello, Principal Troy Boatner, and Jump$tart Board President Blaine Grimes. Several students spoke about what EVERFI means to them and how they will use their new knowledge of financial literacy in the future. Teri Thomas from Regions Bank presented the kids with certificates entitling them to free banking until age 25.

Schools Manager: Lauren Pingul
Teacher: Linda Chenevert, Debra Wilkerson, Everett Odom
School: Broadmoor High School, East Baton Rouge Parish School System
City: Baton Rouge, LA
Course: EVERFI: Financial Literacy, Ignition, Healthy Relationships, Venture

From the Field – Balboa High School, San Francisco, CA

U.S. Bank led a budgeting activity with Balboa High School’s seniors in Michael Rosenberg’s Economics class. Before the activity, U.S. Bank asked students what their favorite part of EVERFI was. Students said “I learned that I should have a budget and different ways to do so” and “I learned that credit score is really important if you want to get a loan”. Students were then broken into groups of four and assigned a job title per group with a corresponding salary. They then had to make financial decisions as part of their budget. Many students were surprised to learn how many different financial obligations they will have after high school. The biggest surprise to students was the amount of taxes they have to pay. “Is that really how much they take out?!” exclaimed one student. Others opted out of many entertainment options and one went as far as to say “I guess I don’t need lights if that’s how much electricity costs!”. Overall, students were thoroughly engaged and learned how important it is to think about and budget for the expenses of everyday living.

Schools Manager: Caitlin O’Connor
Teacher: Michael Rosenberg
School: Balboa High School, San Francisco Unified
City: San Francisco, CA
Course: EVERFI Financial Literacy; U.S. Bank Financial Genius

From the Field – Williams Memorial Elementary, St. George, South Carolina

When Financial Literacy month was in full swing, teachers and school counselors across South Carolina turned to the Future Scholar Financial Literacy program, sponsored by South Carolina’s State Treasurer, Curtis Loftis, The 529 College Savings Plan and SC Economics, to help bring complex financial concepts to life for their students.

I had the pleasure of visiting several classrooms across the state to help students and teachers get started with Future Scholar. I am always amazed by how excited students are when I first explain the program to them– of course they love the idea of money, but they are also incredibly eager to learn about the habits that will help prepare them for life outside of the classroom.

After spending about thirty minutes on the program, 5th Grade students from Williams Memorial Elementary in St. George, SC, were already reflecting on the importance of creating a savings plan to meet short-term and long-term financial goals, understood the importance of keeping financial information private and couldn’t wait for the next chance to use the program in their upcoming guidance lessons. Some students even asked if they could keep working on it at home over spring break!.

Schools Manager: Belle Stoker
Teacher: Tarsha Brown
School: Williams Memorial Elementary, Dorchester 4 School District
City: St. George, South Carolina
Course: Future Scholar (Vault)

From the Field – Mandarin High School, Jacksonville, FL

Two teachers were awarded with an “Innovation in Financial Education” award from Scott Keith (VP for North/Central FL BB&T). They have used the BB&T Financial Foundations program for three years and have impacted over 900 students. The students now have a better grasp on what can impact their credit score, and the fees that can be associated with signing up for a credit card. After completing the savings module, one student asked his teacher for advice on how he can start saving and where he should be putting his money.

Schools Manager: Ashley Hart
Teacher: Anthony Boyo and Eric Fields
School: Mandarin High School, Duval County
City: Jacksonville, FL
Course: EVERFI: Financial Literacy

From the Field – Eldorado High School, Las Vegas, NV

In early March, I co-hosted a classroom launch with Pam Pratka, a 29 year Vision Bank veteran and Ms. Miranda Smith at Prague High School. Her students were so engaged with the EVERFI – Financial Literacy program and went straight to work. At the end of the class period, one young man told me he actually found the information quite interesting, with a big, bright smile!

Schools Manager: Dana Benedict-Wilson
Teacher: Ben Wood
School: Eldorado High School, Clark County School District
City: Las Vegas, NV
Course: EVERFI – Financial Literacy

From the Field – Woodlawn High School, Baton Rouge, LA

We partnered with Regions Bank to hold a certification ceremony to acknowledge the hard work of these students! We had over 700 students use Financial Literacy and 350 certified! Teri Thomas from Regions Bank presented the students with a fun cell phone holder gift as well as a certificate entitling them to free banking until they’re 25.

Schools Manager: Lauren Pingul
Teacher: David Wilburn
School: Woodlawn High School, East Baton Rouge Parish School System
City: Baton Rouge, LA
Course: EVERFI : Financial Literacy

From the Field – Holy Family Regional School, Rochester Hills, MI

Launching Mrs. Whitley’s class on Vault was a joyful experience. Her beautifully decorated computer lab, adorned with twinkling lights and pillows, felt like a cozy coffee shop or living room. Mrs. Whitley was so impressed with how engaged her students were on the course, and we talked about how important it is for even elementary school students to know how to manage money. (When asked, all but one student said that they prefer to save money than spend it!)

At Holy Family, students also earn the opportunity make a small donation to a charity of their choice as a prize for demonstrating good behavior. They are well on their way to making great choices about money!

Schools Manager: Rachel Blum-Jose
Teacher: Mrs. Whitley
School: Holy Family Regional School
City: Rochester Hills, MI
Course: Vault

From the Field – Newton High School, Covington, Georgia

Newton Federal Bank sponsors four high schools in Newton County. This year we were able to schedule ceremonies at all four sites! Both the students and teachers expressed what a meaningful resource EVERFI was for them. Our most recent ceremony took place at Newton High School where 180 certified students were presented with certificates and one student received a $200 scholarship from Newton Federal Bank in recognition of his outstanding work.

Schools Manager: Rachel Blum-Jose
Teacher: Mr. Williams, Ms. Javlyn, Dr. Wells
School: Newton High School, Newton County Schools
City: Covington, Georgia
Course: EVERFI Financial Literacy

From the Field – IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus, Staten Island, New York

The classroom visit was a place of shared learning. Adults shared their financial mistakes and students shared their financial concerns for the future. As the conversation progressed we all agreed being financially literate was crucial for future happiness. During the trivia game we learned and relearned important lessons like budgeting and saving for the future.

Schools Manager: Clark Hoefnagels
Teacher: Michael Balzano
School: IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus – New York City Public Schools
City: Staten Island, New York
Course: FutureSmart