On November 9 the Junior League of Greenwich hosted its very first Money Sense for Girls session with 25 enthusiastic sixth through eighth grade girls attending the one day program.
Money Sense was a pilot project last spring by the Junior League and is typically a five-week financial program for local boys and girls in 9th-12th grades.
However, the Junior League members are always looking for ways to expand its programs to reach more youth in our community, and saw a need for financial education of younger girls.
“We are delighted with the positive response from these young ladies (in grades 6-8) to this session which was geared just for them. This dovetails so nicely with our PositivelyMe! Program for 3rd grade girls in continuing to teach girls the skills and knowledge to nurture their self-esteem and independence,” said Hilary Watson, Junior League President.
The girls were taught financial concepts through games, and group discussion. The Junior League based the program on the Junior Achievements Economics for Success program. The girls were taught the importance of exploring career path options based on their skills, interests and values. They also learned about spending money within a budget, and using credit cautiously. In addition they also explored insurance and learned about risk, co-pays and deductibles.
The Junior League plans to hold more Money Sense sessions in the new year.
The Junior League of Greenwich has been bettering the community for over 60 years. It is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained individuals. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Greenwich welcomes all women who value the Mission. The JLG is committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. Women interested in joining the Junior League of Greenwich and making a difference in the community can contact the JLG Office at (203) 869-1979 or visit the website at www.jlgreenwich.org.