Life Skills - Financial Literacy!


Teacher:  Donna Connolly

Ages:  14+

Class Cost:   $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes.  Can be split into 3 equal payments.

Mat Fees:   $25


Financial Literacy might be the most important of all of the life skills!    We are surrounded by a confusing landscape of how money works, how much we need, the best way to pay for college or a home, and how to balance doing what we love to do with the harsh realities of what it costs to live.   Financial Literacy can help us make our very best decisions by making sure we have all the right information before we go down any particular path.   This series of classes uses the Jr Achievement curriculum as the spine, and Donna has added additional lessons, simulations and guest speakers to ensure our kids get the most of of this series!


Fall: Personal Finance with Simulation at Finance Park in Los Angeles!

In our first class, we will explore our interests, abilities and values, explore the value of college (and college debt!), and look at where all of our money goes!   What's up with all those taxes?   We'll enjoy a lively debate on what happens to our tax dollars and if we agree with how they are spent.   We'll look at the concept of paying ourselves first, and how that relates to income growth, and we'll also look at insurance and how that can help us make sure we don't lose everything we work to gain!   We'll explore different financial institutions and how we can tap into them, and look at the whole world of credit; how easy it is to get into debt, and how hard it can be to get out of debt.    Our lessons continue with learning time, researching time and plenty of simulations before we get to go to Finance Park for a simulation of someone else's life!    We've be given a persona, and we'll have to figure out a budget that works and more!




Winter:  Career Success

This  program covers key topics, such as:

  • 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity

  • Strong soft skills

  • Work priorities

  • STEM and other high-growth industries

  • Personal-brand and job-hunting tools—resumes, cover letters, interviews, and digital profiles

We'll learn and practice skills that will help us to get through the interview and get hired, resolve conflict in work-related scenarios in our simulations, practice collaboration—a 4Cs skill—by using a team-building model referred to as the GRPI model (Goals, Roles and Responsibilities, Processes, and Interpersonal Relationship Skills). The model describes the behaviors found in high-performance teams in the workplace.   We'll also explore soft skills that are in demand by employers and rate their own soft skills. They will use personal stories in a job-interview workshop to communicate these skills to a potential employer.  We'll spend time researching careers: skills learned through training and education; interests in various career clusters; and specific high-growth jobs and the requirements needed to earn them.   And lastly, we will look at how potential new employees are ranked by employers by doing the same thing ourselves!  We'll rate the personal brand of candidates applying for a job by comparing cover letters, resumes, and digital profiles of the candidates.   Since Donna spent time in Human Resources, she is the perfect mentor to teach kids what companies are really looking for, and how to present ourselves in the best light to be hired!




Spring:  Titan!

If our final class, students will operate a virtual company through a Web-based simulation. The students' success depends on decisions about their product's price and their company's marketing, research and development, and business practices. Win or lose, students gain an understanding of how management decisions affect a company's bottom line.