March 2017 news and updates:
From Chicago: how a Ferris wheel ride can teach wants versus needs

How can an expensive Ferris wheel ride during a date turn into a lesson on budgeting? Nick, a junior at Noble Street College Prep, discussed his expenses with Money Sense volunteers Tyler Neenan and Alex Schmiesing, who pounced on a funny financial "teachable moment." 

(P.S. Would you or someone you know like to help teens in Chicago or Madison? Find out about volunteer opportunities in those cities and elsewhere by emailing

Nick, a junior at Chicago's Noble Street College Prep, explains his humorous budget situation to classmates, volunteer Tyler Neenan and educator Omar Arreola.
This high school senior has a financial mentor. How about you?

When it came to saving for a car,  Chue , 18, didn't know where to start. But he knew who to start with:
Joyce Stoner, his Money Coach. Chue, ( at right ), a senior at Hmong American Peace Academy, had Joyce ( left) to mentor him through the possibilities and pitfalls of buying a car. He left his monthly one-on-one Money Coach session prepared to prioritize other goals over a car.

Did you have a "money mentor" in your life? 
Click here to share your story and help us build a conversation around smarter financial futures.  
Investment Conference: exclusive insight (and an unbeatable cause)

"Talking about money is a key step in putting today's future leaders on a healthy financial path." 

Stephen Johnson, Regional President, BMO Wealth Management, recently shared his thoughts on the importance of sponsoring our Investment Conference. 

We wanted to share Steve's quote because it doubly summarizes the Investment Conference and our teen financial empowerment mission. To join us on April 27, act fast on tickets before they sell out
Did you know? Money Sense has new "sticky" tips and a booklet

We made numerous updates this year to the volunteer instructor notes for Money Sense lessons. That includes step-by-step sticky notes and lesson tips, all packaged in a new booklet format. 

If you haven't led a Money Sense lesson yet this year and missed these or other volunteer updates, online training is always available. 
To participate/revisit online training: 
1) Click on the "Volunteer Log In" link at the top right of our website
2) Sign in with your volunteer log in email and password. 
3) Click on the "Online Training" link on the left. 
4) Follow instructions to watch videos on updated curriculum.

(For issues with online training, email our Volunteer Manager.)

Pat Rorabeck, left, Program Director, walks through curriculum updates and advice at an in-person training for new and returning volunteers in February at Manpower in Milwaukee.
Supporter spotlight: could an IRA charitable rollover fit your generosity? 

Howard Schnoll shares his giving story during 
an August event as Money Coach grads 
Anayeli and Nia listen in.

Howard Schnoll is passionate about improving the lives of young people. He's also found a unique way to put his generosity behind that passion. 

Howard uses an IRA charitable rollover as part of his annual community giving. For Howard, it's a tax-friendly way to help teens in Milwaukee, including support of our financial empowerment programs.  

Here is an article that outlines why this works for Howard and how it could fit the way you support teen financial freedom. 

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