PlainsCapital Bank recently partnered with San Antonio Youth Association to implement a financial literacy education program for seventh- and eighth-grade students. The program utilizes the following three components to teach students about saving, budgeting and making sound financial decisions that will prepare them for college, careers and beyond.
• Personal Financial Literacy Curriculum – PlainsCapital Bank partnered with Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) to develop a targeted personal financial literacy curriculum for middle school students. The program, funded by PlainsCapital Bank, covers topics such as saving, budgeting, credit, taxes, loans, interest and financial responsibility. Employees from PlainsCapital Bank volunteer their time once a week to teach fun and interactive financial literacy lessons to middle school students in San Antonio Youth Association’s after school program.
Beginning this year, the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards will require kindergarten through eighth-grade classes to incorporate personal financial literacy into their curriculum. Middle school teachers can fulfill Texas Education Agency’s personal financial literacy requirement in their own classroom by sending an email to communityrelations [at] plainscapital [dot] com to request the curriculum free-of-charge.
• MoneyIsland – PlainsCapital Bank will also provide students with access to MoneyIsland, a web-based educational computer game that focuses on key financial areas that include, saving and spending, earning and investing and using credit wisely. This tool makes learning about financial matters fun for middle school students as it tracks and encourages their progress.
• PlainsCapital Pays for A’s Program – Seventh- and eighth-grade students from San Antonio Youth Association who complete the six-week financial literacy program will be eligible to receive $5 per “A” grade on their spring semester-end report cards. In the spring, students will take a field trip to PlainsCapital Bank in San Antonio to open a youth savings account and make their first deposit. The PlainsCapital “Pays for A’s” program applies to the following core classes: English/language arts, history/social studies, math, science and foreign languages.