Poptential™ Free Personal Finance Program Makes Financial Literacy Engaging and Fun


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INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rising gas prices, soaring inflation and the exorbitant cost of a college education are three economic challenges affecting high school students, and a recent survey by Junior Achievement and Citizens Financial Group shows that the majority of them do not feel prepared to face these financial problems. Potential offers a free curriculum designed to make learning about personal finance engaging and fun for students, so they are confident in their ability to make choices in any economic environment. Click to tweet.

According to investigation54% of teens said they felt unprepared for future financial challenges, and 41% said they hadn’t taken any financial literacy classes at school.

“Strong demand for workers means teens are gaining slightly more summer jobs than in previous years, but they are seeing their purchasing power plummet due to high gas prices and inflation,” said Fred Fransen, president of Certell, Inc., the company that creates Poptential’s family of free social studies course modules. “This economic environment provides a great opportunity to educate teens about personal finance so they can make confident decisions about their finances today and for the rest of their lives.”

Poptential’s free Practical Personal Finance program, part of its Common Sense Economics eBook, includes everything instructors need to teach digitally accessible in one place, including lessons, ebooks, ringtones, quizzes, and more. tests, as well as pop culture media to make the lessons interesting. and related to students. Curricula are standards-based and teacher-developed.

Poptential Practical Personal Finance uses digital storytelling to engage and illustrate critical financial literacy skills. For instance:

  • Healthy debt habits — A majority of Americans spend more than they earn each year. Thinking about how to better align spending, borrowing, and saving decisions will lead to financial success. This creative video in Module 12, Element 4.3 brings to life how to be ‘money smart’.
  • Lower the costs – Illustrating how fancy coffee drinks eat away at a budget, this national espresso day ringtone in Module 13 offers tips, questions and a support video from Time magazine for students to think about how to reduce the costs of consumer goods.
  • Spend within your means — When students see their friends, family members and neighbors spending, it is tempting to go beyond their means to compete with the lifestyle of others. In Module 13, comedian Kevin Hart shares this fun take on the problem of ‘following the Joneses’ and explains how he stays on his financial lane.
  • Sound financing — Borrowing can be bad when it’s done to buy things that have little value, like using student loans to fund a spring break trip. This digital storytelling clip in Module 13, Element 4.4 offers concrete examples to improve future earning power and make saving a habit.
  • thinking about money – The ability to control spending by avoiding credit card debt and cultivating smart buying habits can lead to greater savings. In Module 13, Element 4.5, NBC’s TODAY Show Financial Writer Jean Chatzky Shares Her Tips for Thinking Clearly About Spending.

Students are hungry for information on how to manage their finances, and more and more states are making financial literacy a graduation requirementaccording to Fransen.

Potential course packages in American History, World History, U.S. Government/Civic Education, and Economics are available for free at www.potential.org.

About Certell, Inc.Certell is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a generation of independent thinkers. More than 30,000 teachers from across the United States have signed up to use Certell’s family of free Poptential™ social studies courses, and thousands more students are impacted by Certell’s college-level courses in law and in economics, and SensibleSchool™ education for homeschoolers, employees, and inmates. Certell course packs have won a number of awards including EdTech Digest Awards for Curriculum & Instructional Solution, Best Tech&Learning Tool for Back to School, Tech Edvocate Awards, Bronze Award of Excellence from the National Association of Economics Educators and the Civvys Awards. More information is available at potential.org or on Twitter @CertellOrg.

For more information, contact:

Mara Conklin, 847-340-6823[email protected]

Kathy Zoeller, (312) 485-2422[email protected]

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Source: Certell

Geraldine L. Melton