In 2001, the Boston fed joined forces with Citizen Schools as apart of its movement to align itself with quality like minded organizations and expand its financial literacy campaign. Citizen Schools operates a national network of after school programs, which specializes in apprenticeship programs for middle school students, connecting adult volunteers to young people in hands-on learning projects. At Citizen Schools, students develop the academic and leadership skills they need to do well in school, get into college, and become leaders in their careers and in their communities.
The major outcomes of the partnership have been the Kids Invest event held every fall and spring and the teaching fellow internship. Every fall and spring the bank hosts the Kids Invest WOW in which over 175 middle school students come and present what they have learned in their ten week economics minded apprenticeships. The bank also hosts an intern from the Citizen Schools teaching fellowship who acts as the liaison between the two organizations in their efforts to continue to build like minded programs together. A product that has been created through this partnership is the Talking About College apprenticeship. In the apprenticeship middle school students learn about the benefits of college and present their findings to a high school client at the end of the tenth week.
December 10, 2007
WOW! Kids Invest
On Monday, December 10th, 2007 over 175 middle school students from Citizen Schools campuses across Boston came to the Boston fed to present their WOW’s! Coinciding with the banks financial literacy campaign, each of the apprenticeships had foundations in economics, ranging from investment to personal finance and were taught by volunteers from Boston’s business community. The presentations ranged from how to buy your first car to how to produce and market a CD. The event was a great success and hopes to top itself when the bank hosts the Spring Kids Invest WOW on May 5th, 2008.
Photos | Program
Talking About College
The Boston Fed provided a one day workshop introducing teachers to the value of utilizing the ten-unit "Let's Talk About College" curriculum that was created in collaboration with Citizen Schools. This curriculum is targeted at middle school students in order to nurture their interest in attending college while at the same providing the students with accurate and current information about selecting a college and financial planning to help pay for college. This curriculum is offered and taught as an "apprenticeship" in Citizen Schools as part of their after-school programming and is being taught in fourteen public schools as part of their "Gifted and Talented" program.
Download curriculum: Let's Talk About College - A Financial Perspective
(includes 10 lesson plans for middle school students)