Financial Literacy

NIFEL

National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy 

The Connexus Association is proud to support the National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy (NIFEL) and their quest to expand opportunities through financial education. Each year NIFEL holds numerous summer sessions on the campus of Edgewood College in Madison, WI geared towards dramatically increasing effectiveness in educating students and building confidence in the teaching of a wide array of financial topics.

2017 will be the fourth year that the Connexus Association offers scholarships to local educators looking to further their knowledge of financial literacy. If you or someone you know would like to be considered for a scholarship to attend this event please contact us.

For more information on this highly beneficial program please view the brochure at: www.edgewood.edu

 

 Adult Financial Literacy Education Workshops

With the support of Connexus Association, Northcentral Technical College launched an Adult Financial Literacy Education Initiative.  The funds will be utilized by the project to offer five workshops to current students and alumni.

The first workshop, held in April 2016, was titled "Impact of Your Credit Score" and covered Employment and Advancement opportunities, Security Clearance, Credit & Your Wallet, It’s Not in Your FICO Score!, and How to Improve Your Credit Score.

The second workshop, held in May of 2016, was titled "Be a Smart Borrower" and covered The workings of tuition and financial aid, Calculate your post- college payments now!, Resources to help with student loan payments, Why should I apply for scholarships?, and How can I graduate in 2 years or less?

The third workshop, held in fall of 2016, was a repeat of "Be a Smart Borrower" as a result of feedback indicating this was a desired topic.

The fourth workshop, held in fall of 2016, was titled "What Budget is Right for You?" and was geared toward first year college students to learn strategies to set financial goals and how to determine wants versus needs.

The fifth workshop, held in fall of 2016, was a repeat of "Impact of Your Credit Score".


NTC plans to hold additional workshops in the spring of 2017. 


Junior Achievement

Connexus Association has a long-standing partnership with Junior Achievement to help provide students from kindergarten through high school with knowledge and skills in many areas including financial literacy.

Connexus Association has supported the Junior Achievement Office in Central Wisconsin since 2006.  During 2015, we began to also provide annual support to Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (St Paul / Minneapolis area) and Junior Achievement of OKI Partners (Cincinnati).  Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest served 163,000 students for the 2016-2017 school year.  Junior Achievement in Wisconsin provided programming for more than 158,000 students statewide for the 2016-2017 school year.  For 2017, Connexus Association has already approved $16,000 in total grants to the 3 Junior Achievement offices.

Junior Achievement district offices which include schools within the Connexus service area are eligible to receive support from Connexus.

Please contact us to determine if your district office is eligible for support.

Financial Scholars Program 

Connexus Association is proud to report that one of our organization's new investments for 2017 is having a real and meaningful impact on the financial well being of young people.

 

Through a partnership with leading education technology company EverFi, Connexus Association is bringing the Financial Scholars Program, an online financial education program, to classrooms in over 5 schools in Central Wisconsin. During the 2017-2018 school year alone, we have reached 72 students with this digital curriculum.

We sponsor the Financial Scholars Program to make it available to schools at no cost, many of which are mandated to teach financial education but lack the funding for a qualified curriculum. 

The Financial Scholars Program is a teacher-led curriculum that includes six to eight hours of classroom instruction combined with an interactive online learning platform for high school students.