The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) offers a variety of free resources, tools, and classroom curriculum designed to assist students, parents, and educators with understanding the important elements of successful money management. FAME will also provide presentations upon request on a variety of financial education topics and the Claim Your Future game.
EverFi has partnered with the MassMutual Foundation to bring FutureSmart to middle school students across the country. FutureSmart focuses on the important middle school years by empowering students to become the stewards of their financial futures. This three hour web-based resource educates students on the practicalities of daily financial decisions and the payoffs of long-term planning. Since middle school is an important period for positive habits to take form and grow, this course is particularly meaningful.
Through a compelling narrative in which students play the Mayor of a town, local citizens are helped with real-life decisions. From weighing opportunity costs, to delaying instant gratification for long-term gain, students face important questions on their way to becoming FutureSmart. At the end of the course, students compose their own blueprint for the future. FutureSmart can be integrated into unit plans and used during class time, as a capstone project, or in a flipped classroom.
JMG is a non-profit that has joined with Maine’s public middle and high schools, community colleges and universities to support students in their pursuit of education and career goals. Also, the Opportunity Passport™ program offers youth currently/formerly in foster care (age 14-24) a chance to develop financial literacy skills as they participate in the program’s matched savings component. Experienced staff at JMG provide ongoing, consistent support as youth work towards savings goals and plan for asset purchases.
The Maine Credit Union League coordinates Financial Fitness-Money Management Experience Fairs for high school students statewide. Additionally, it offers a new online Financial Fitness Fair that youth of all ages can take through a local credit union. The Maine Credit Union League also provides curriculum resources for teachers, including books from the National Endowment for Financial Education at no charge. Resources are available in Spanish, French, and several African languages. Finally, credit union staff and volunteers are available to be in the classroom and teach financial education throughout the year.
Maine Department of Education provides information regarding resources and professional development opportunities via posts in the DOE Newsroom and several cross-content area ListServs and newsletters. The Social Studies Specialist serves as a liaison to the Maine Jump$tart Coalition and maintains contacts with various financial literacy related organizations at the national level. The Department provides a list of resources (which includes lesson plans and curriculum) for consideration by educators.
The mission of the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is to improve the financial knowledge of Maine citizens, with a special focus on pre-K through college students, including adult learners. Working collaboratively, the Coalition seeks to increase awareness and provide training and support to Maine educators while also promoting educational resources and fostering communication among agencies and individuals who provide financial education to Maine families.
Our members are individuals and organizations who recognize and support the lifetime benefits of personal financial education, including government agencies, financial institutions, corporations, teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, adult educators, not-for-profits, parents and students.
We are a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
Merrymeeting Adult Education provides classroom presentations and individual counseling pertaining to college transitions and filling out the FAFSA to individuals living in Northern Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties.
New Dimensions Federal Credit Union provides classroom presentations, handouts, and curriculum for students K-12. New Dimensions FCU also offers an online financial literacy portal designed for children and young adults. Additionally, financial resources, including budgeting resources, are made available to credit union members.
EverFi has partnered with the Maine Office of the Attorney General to bring EverFi’s online co-curricular financial literacy resource to high schools across the state. The 8-hr standards-aligned course covers topics like savings, banking, credit score, financing higher education, renting vs owning, consumer protection, investing, taxes, and insurance. Pre and Post assessments help teachers track and monitor student progress as they move through the course, and a library of offline resources are available to supplement the online component.