Make A Difference–Wisconsin, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency founded in 2006 with a mission to provide financial literacy programs and resources that empower students to make sound financial decisions. Make A Difference–Wisconsin engages volunteers from the local business and professional community in the delivery of financial education.
Studies show that U.S. teens are graduating from high school without solid financial management skills. The lure of credit card offers and check-cashing stores, combined with a lack of money management education, sets many up for financial crises that can last a lifetime. We want to change that.
The program consists of three seminars focused on budgeting and saving, understanding checking accounts, and understanding credit cards, credit history/scores, and credit reports. The program is typically delivered over the course of six visits to the classroom. Volunteers present the program individually or in pairs and engage students by sharing personal and professional experiences related to financial literacy and through the use of several hands-on activities.