The Ripple Effect of Financial Wellness

Glendale Unified School District Prioritizes Financial Education

Just north of Downtown Los Angeles, Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) is committed to ensuring students are prepared for their future in every single way – and that includes financial education. 

GUSD is a thriving school district with 32 schools, serving more than 26,000 students. Impressively, nine GUSD schools have earned the National Blue Ribbon, the U.S. Office of Education’s highest designation. The GUSD School Board has made teaching financial education a priority in its schools since 2018.

In partnership with EVERFI, GUSD educators leverage digital financial literacy tools Vault: Understanding Money, FutureSmart, and EVERFI: Financial Literacy to reach 5th, 7th, and 9th graders, respectively. The district has seen fantastic success. In its first year of offering financial education, more than 90% of nearly 6,000 students earned skills and certification in topics including budgeting and savings, credit, and financing higher education. 

Hear as Executive Directors of Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Mary Mason and Felix Melendez and teachers Narine Yapundjian and Lucy Kadzhikyan share how they’re proactively impacting the lives of students and parents across Glendale with EVERFI.


With the support of like-minded organizations that share EVERFI’s mission, EVERFI’s K-12 digital resources and professional development are available at no cost to schools and districts. A big thank you to The MassMutual Foundation, Royal Business Bank and Woori America Bank for their support of Glendale Unified School District’s access to EVERFI’s financial education resources.