The CARE Committee is a volunteer organization comprised of bankruptcy lawyers, judges, and court staff who offer classroom and/or town hall style presentations geared towards middle school through college-aged students on the responsible use of credit and the pitfalls of falling into debt. They offer a component on student loans and have volunteers who are willing to travel statewide to help educate Maine students on financial literacy. Their services are free of charge.
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.
Girl Scouts of Maine offers a financial empowerment curriculum for Girl Scout members, serving girls K-12 throughout the state of Maine. The curriculum gives girls the opportunity to build their business savvy and hone their financial literacy skills. Materials are intended for purchase by Girl Scout members but may also be purchased by the general public.
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.
Junior Achievement of Maine, Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. In partnership with businesses and educators, JA brings the real world to Maine students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the world of work.
Financial literacy is a priority of Machias Savings Bank. We want to provide all the materials needed to create a foundation of sound financial life skills to our communities. From hosting a seminar, teaching lessons at our local schools, to online videos to watch from your device, we are a resource for you.
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.
MaineHousing supports non-profit organizations that deliver housing counseling service in rural areas and underserved populations, specifically financial capabilities education and counseling services, including ESL, in the immigrant and refugee communities and Native-focused financial capabilities, pre-purchase and post purchase education and counseling in Maine’s tribal areas. MaineHousing also supports hoMEworks 10-hour homebuyer education classes, the schedule of which can be found at www.mainehomeworks.org, and provides home buying orientation presentations upon request.
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.
Norway Savings Bank helps you live your life in color with free online financial tools, relevant articles and user-friendly financial calculators to help you navigate all the most important moments of your life. In addition, they offer complimentary workshops concerning those financial issues that really matter: responsibly securing credit, household budgeting, setting smart financial goals and more. To schedule one of these events or find out more about these programs, please contact Norway Savings Bank at 1-888-725-2207.
An affiliate of Mrs. Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, Reach Higher Maine aims to support school counseling and college access. Visit their site for professional development opportunities and resources to better assist students planning to attend college.