Course curriculum

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    • Topic 1: A Question of Trust

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    • Topic 2: The Cost of a New or Used Car

    • Topic 3: No Place to Be, Youth Debt

    • Topic 4: Importance of Financial Life Skills

    • Topc 5: Your Financial Future

    • Topic 6: Teenagers and Contracts

    • Topic 7: Develop Your Networks

    • Topic 8: Financial Learning Scenarios

    • Topic 9: Online Shopping

    • Topic 10: Intelligence and Wealth

    • Review Your Learning: 17-18 Financial Life Skills

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    • 2.1 Before you go...

    • 2.2 Build Your Financial Capability

Ready For Exit

Are senior students at your school or centre ready for the financial world in which they will live? Don't let them guess what to do with money? Don't let them fall unnecessarily into financial harm. A little financial education can go a long way!

Research

Financial literacy, capability, wellbeing and life skills

Teen anxiety

US News

... High school students are also anxious about their future student loan debt, finding a job one day and never attaining the standard of living their parents enjoy, .... There’s enough information through social media and the media to put fear in them about their futures

Stress and wellbeing

Canstar

Based on findings of the Australian Psychological Society Stress and Wellbeing in Australia survey 2015, financial issues are considered the top cause of stress, and have been over the five years the survey has been conducted. On top of this, the Financial Stress Survey by CoreData and Financial Mindfulness found one in three Australians feels financially stressed.

Getting worse!

The Conversation

Evidence suggests that financial literacy has not improved since the global financial crisis, and may have gotten worse.

Economic impact

MoneyInc

Financial illiteracy results in poor personal finance decisions, which ends up hurting [personal], local and national economies.

Low for Under 25s

The Conversation

Financial literacy in Australian is low, particularly so in those under 25 years of age. What might be surprising is that it is low even among university students.

Basic knowledge and skills

University of Wollongong

If individuals are to navigate the current financial landscape, there is an increasing need for financial knowledge and at minimum, basic financial skills. Financial literacy has major implications for the welfare of individuals, in the management of their financial affairs and financial stability.
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Parents, Teachers, Youth facilitators

Courses to help you care for the youth in your care

Collective action, collective impact!

Everyone doing their little bit

  • Parents

    Guide your child's financial learning. Don't leave it to chance and 'learning from mistakes'. You are in charge. You control the discussion. You dip in and out of this course and other courses to suit your family context.

  • Educators

    You guide the learning. You choose the topics and activities with student voice catered for. Dip in and out of courses, topics and activities to suit the needs of your students. You have total control.

  • Youth workers

    You are supported with facilitator tips and discussion points. All the preparation has been done for you. You just need to guide the conversation. NO expertise required, just keep each lesson moving. Choose topics from across our courses that meet the needs of the youth in your care.

  • Financial services

    Look after your clients with teenage children or grandchildren. Deliver this course at your premises or give access online. Talk to us about more personalised opportunities.

  • Business

    Look after your employees with teenage children. Offer a value-added care package for your clients with teenagers. Your support for or gift of financial education, is gift that will last their lifetime.

  • Youth group

    Find like-minded youth. Create a group and work through the course together. Generate your own discussions.

The Australian Secondary Principals' Association

The Wealth Academy, along with its corporate partners, helps school leaders to prepare students for the financial world in which they live. ASPA welcomes the support of The Wealth Academy in helping our members to provide a better, preferred financial future for all students in government secondary schools. Andrew Pierpoint, President

Testimonials

Schools, parents, youth workers ...

Wellbeing program

James, Teacher

This course is great for our school's well being program. It allows me, as the teacher, to control the pace and keep everyone on task, but also gives flexibility with the extra activities. The other aspect I like is that I can choose to include other topics in other courses to suit the kids. Love the flexibility.

Business and entrepreneurship

Will

I couldn't use all of this course in any one business unit, but I can still use bits and pieces. The plan is to take 10 minutes off a lesson every week to showcase a course topic that links to what we are doing. By doing this, I am hoping to expand my students' repertoire of associated skills. I also like the fact that every topic has a financial literacy aspect. Woohoo! About time!

Literacy that's real

Toni

The literacies involved in doing these courses are real and authentic. I will be integrating my literature and literacy work with the content of this course, because it will relate to the lives of my students.

Youth group

Matt

I work with kids who don't quite fit into everyday schooling, yet they need these skills and they need my guidance when learning about them. Its great to have such a variety of topics in each of these courses and that I also get access to facilitator notes to support my implementation.

Parents helping their teens

Di

I know this is more suitable for a school or some other setting, but this is a great resource for a parent to sit with their teenager at home and talk about financial concepts. I will enjoy it, and I think my son will too. He would feel safer doing this with me, than others at this point. The best part is that there are so many youth stories woven into these resources. That makes it relevant to Sam.

Life skills

Manuel

This is very unfamiliar for me. My teaching area is Science. I do life skills once a week with my pastoral care group. I love that everything is here ready for me - the course, the resources, the extra activities, the teacher notes, the links. Easy!

Independent Schools

ABSA has partnered with TWA to develop and implement a long-term solution to help our boarders develop their financial wellbeing for the future. TWA’s approach of supporting youth, parents and the broader community is unique and innovative. We believe in this approach. Future financial wellbeing should be invested in. It should not be a matter of chance! Richard Stokes, CEO

Bonus material

Extras to help you support the financial learning of the youth in your care.

  • Posters for home, school or office

    A set of eposters aligned to each of the 10 core topics is included and available for download.

  • Teen Magazines

    Free copies of a recent Teenfinca and Teenfinca Entrepreneur ezine which help youth to develop their financial capability and promote financial wellbeing.

  • Video resources

    Connect to our online video site with interviews related to personal financial management, accountancy, economics, careers and financial life skill perspectives.

Pricing options

We provide different pricing options based on the type of entity purchasing the course and the time period required. If you prefer another pricing arrangement please contact us. If your school or entity cannot use a credit card to purchase this course, send us a purchase order and we will invoice you.

FAQ

  • Who is this course for?

    This mini-course has been developed for the teenagers in senior school, tertiary and vocational education. Many of the topics within would be of interest to teenagers younger and older than this age group. In this course, a facilitator (possibly you) leads one or more students through the activities. It is not designed as a self-education course, although students could choose to self-educate if they prefer.

  • What is in this mini-course?

    We have chosen ten topics for this course. It is always debatable what goes into any course selection, but we have taken a program view, and considered the range of topics in our range of courses from upper primary through to late teenage students. Facilitators have the option of dipping in and out of this course as well as other age level courses to deliver their own specific program. We expect facilitators will make good use of that flexibility. From reading the topics, you will see that there is a breadth of topics, ensuring lots of variety. Once you get into the course you will also note that we dip into websites and articles and links from around the world. The WWW is an open-source library of resources which we will point you towards if we think it will add value to your student's learning.

  • Why is this a facilitated course?

    It has been developed to help those who have a passion, interest or responsibility to support the wellbeing of teenagers. This type of course is constructed on the premise that there is a facilitator at the front of a room, guiding the learning of one or more students through the topics of the course, using a computer, data projector or smart board. Or it could be a parent helping a child in their home study, or a youth coordinator supporting teens in need, or a financial planner or accountant supporting the children of clients.

  • Is there flexibility within the course for facilitators?

    Facilitators may choose to do all 10 topics or just one. They also have the choice of doing all, some or none of the activities within each course topic. We aim to give the facilitator as much choice as possible.

  • What are the privacy provisions?

    It is important to note, that there is NO student information collected through the facilitator model. It is a facilitator's username and email address that is collected as part of the subscription process. This is necessary to maintain vigilance over security, as well as support for the facilitator. We make the assumption that facilitators are over the age of 18.

  • How long do I have to complete the course once registered.

    We provide a 4 month window from registration date. As there are only 10 topics, 4 months should be ample time to complete the course with students.

  • Will the course be exactly the same each year?

    We intend to update and add lessons to each course each year, giving you greater choice in how you use the course in a school, college or organisational setting. We understand that schools etc will want to use the course each year with different sets of students.

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