Economic literacy, the ability to use basic economic concepts to make decisions about earning saving, spending and sharing money, is a skill. As with reading and writing, a working knowledge of basic economic concepts is essential for future success. Whether a girl is from a low-income or wealthy home, whether she live in rural r urban community, she is likely to work for pay much of her adult life, and at some point in her life she is likely to be responsible for her own financial well being.
Girls Inc. Economic Literacy enhances girls; fincancial competence and confidence, empowers girls to recognize early on that they can excerise control over their financial future, and promotes within girls a sense of economic justice. The program is divided into four age-based components, implemented in four (4) six-week series. The components are described as follows:
She’s on the Money! for girls ages 6 to 8
Dollars, Sense, and Me for ages 9 to 11
Equal Earners, Savy Spenders for girls ages 12 to 14
Futures and Options for girls ages 15 to 18 ( this component is in development)
Each age-appropriate curriculum provides step-by-step instructions for facilitators to present material in the form of interactive and engaging activities. Over the course of the program, girls learn broad economic concepts such as supply and demand, labor and management issues, taxes and government services, and global economics. They also learn personal financial skills such as how to identify and count money; save, invest, and budget; take informed financial risks; and prepare for rewarding careers. The program also gives girls the opportunity to explore issues that particularly affect women and girls, such as equal pay for equal work.