Our Programs

Make A Difference – Wisconsin empowers thousands of teen at numerous schools and community groups through two financial literacy programs: Money Sense and Money Coach. We partner with educators to select a program that provides the best value for students.

money-sense-iconThe Money Sense program provides a solid foundation on personal finance for 11th and 12th grade students through interactive presentations on budgeting, banking and credit. We target 16-to-18-year olds because that is the age range when students will likely be first confronted with jobs, budgets, bank accounts and credit card offers. Money Sense lessons carry a decade-long track record of improving student money management behaviors. Money Sense features a core of popular lessons readily adaptable for curriculum or student needs.

The Money Coach program offers an in-depth understanding of financial concepts such as loans through a lesson plan that focuses on direct volunteer-to-student interaction. Building off the core foundations in our Money Sense program, Money Coach volunteers engage and encourage students in small groups and one-on-one as they develop action plans to achieve financial goals, which are rewarded with a scholarship upon completion. To optimize the impact, Money Coach is available to a select number of students each year.

All Make A Difference – Wisconsin programs are available to public, private, charter and alternative high schools located throughout southeast Wisconsin, as well to student groups and youth-based organizations. Make A Difference – Wisconsin trains dedicated volunteers from the business community to deliver financial lessons based on these proven, flexible programs. Programs are provided free of cost thanks to our generous supporters and volunteers, who share our vision of strengthening communities through enhanced financial education for all Wisconsin teens.