April 2015 - In This Issue:

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! 

Each edition provides HSFPP program updates and news for our instructors and advocates. 

A Brief History of National Financial Literacy Month 
How an HSFPP Activity Turned into a National Celebration 


Did you know that Financial Literacy Month evolved from an HSFPP activity called Youth Financial Literacy Day?

NEFE turned the Financial Literacy Day over to the Jump$tart Coalition over a decade ago, and in 2000 Jump$tart expanded the day into the entire month of April.

In 2004 the U.S. Senate officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month, and in 2012, President Obama proclaimed April to be National Financial Capability Month.

Today public, private, and nonprofit organizations work together every April to promote educational initiatives and resources for all Americans. 

3 Activities to Engage Teens 
Bring Financial Literacy Month into Your Classroom

It's spring and teens are getting restless as summer looms on the horizon. NEFE brings you three fun classroom activities to celebrate National Financial Literacy Month and recapture your students' attention at the same time.


Challenge your teens to wr ite a personal finance story for their high school or local newspaper. 

To write the article, your students can use Money Matters, created by NEFE in partnership with the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).   

Professional journalists use this resource to find story ideas, reporting examples, coverage strategies and case studies.

NEFE's Spring 2015 Digest newsletter explores the evolving meaning of money over the last 200 years and looks ahead to changes in technology by the year 2050.


Share the complete timeline with your teens. Ask them what they think about the 2050 projections on the NEFE technology timeline. Do they agree, or are there other inventions they think will become reality when they are adults? How will this change the way they track their personal finances? 


Throughout 2015 NEFE will continue to explore the role of technology in shaping the financial capability of future Americans. Stay tuned for opportunities to join the conversation. 

Turn your students into teachers. Let them teach a lesson to younger students, or organize an after-school class for your students to teach their parents and guardians about a personal finance topic. 
NEW March NEFE Content 

Instructors can use content from NEFE's Smart About Money and On Your Own websites to engage students in discussion. New content relevant to teens and educators is also posted frequently to our Facebook page.


NEFE Spring 2015 Digest Newsletter 

What will financial education look like in the year 2050? What could it look like? 

On Your Own 


Best Friends, Worst Roommates

Moving in together can test any relationship. Jessica Wright shares her experience of best friends turning into worst roommates. 


Smart About Money


Make the Most of Your Tax Refund

Before you spend your refund check, consider just how far $3,000 (the average refund in 2015) can go toward your short- and long-term financial goals. 

Take a Bet on Yourself 

For some, retirement seems light years away. But why wait to take charge of your financial future? The March SAM Says newsletter shows it doesn't take luck to be adequately prepared for retirement, just a little bit of planning.  

Upcoming Trainings and Events

At www.hsfpp.org you can find face-to-face   training events  in your state.  

You also can register for a live 45-minute  informational webinar   that fits into your schedule. The webinar previews HSFPP's learning outcomes, format and materials, and gives you the steps to immediately start teaching.

On the registration page simply choose the date that works for you. 
Upcoming Webinar Dates: Introduction to HSFPP

April 22 (Wed)
May 13 (Wed)
May 27 (Wed)
12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
3 - 4 pm EST
12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
More NEFE Resources for Educators

CashCourse? - online materials for college students

FinancialWorkshopKits.org - scripts and materials for adult financial education

Evaluation Toolkit? - databank of questions to measure impact

OnYourOwn.org - young adult blog about financial lessons learned

Spendster.org - confessions of bad spending habits

SmartAboutMoney.org - consumer finance tips and tools


Contact Us

National Endowment for Financial Education

1331 - 17 Street, Suite 1200

Denver, CO  80202



To register or learn more visit us online at www.hsfpp.org. 

The High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) is the flagship program of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE?). NEFE is the leading private nonprofit, noncommercial foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision-making for individuals and families through every stage of life.

HSFPP equips teens with fundamental personal finance skills to prepare them for financial independence and mindful money management decisions and behaviors. Since 1984, NEFE's award-winning HSFPP has reached more than 11.5 million students in more than 110,000 classrooms and workshops across the country.

Learn more about the complete suite of NEFE's free consumer and educator resources at www.nefe.org.