We at TalkingInClass.org want to make America’s kids smarter about money, and we can’t do it without your help.
Our plan is to bring money-smart grown-ups into classrooms throughout the nation so they can share their wisdom and experience with kids. We believe that by doing that, one grown-up and one classroom at a time, we can help kids make smarter choices about money when they get older.
This is a grass-roots effort that can only succeed with the help of people like you.
You don’t need to be a great speaker, a nationally recognized expert or a certified financial professional. You don’t even have to be a parent. You just need to know about money and be willing to share your wisdom.
If you’re a parent and want to volunteer to talk in class:
Do it. There’s no need to wait. Reach out to one of your child’s teachers and tell them what you’d like to do.
If they’re not the right teacher, they’ll likely be able to suggest another one to speak with. If they are the right teacher, then they’ll likely be thrilled to have the assistance.
Before you reach out, prepare answers to some questions that teachers might have, including:
- What experience do you have with money that would be valuable to share with the kids? Maybe you’re a financial planner. Maybe you’re an accountant Maybe you run your own business. Maybe you’re just a money blogger who geeks out about the topic. There are many, many right answers to this question. Just make sure you know what yours is.
- What would you like to speak about? You don’t have to have a full outline and a detailed description of what you’d like to speak about. Just have a basic concept or two in mind and discuss them with the teacher. (Note: It could also be valuable to ask the teacher if there’s a certain topic they’d like discussed. The closer your discussion will tie to the class’ curriculum, the more impactful it can be.)
Once you’ve thought through those questions, contact a teacher and dive in.
If you’re not a parent or your kids are grown:
Don’t worry. You can definitely still help. Check out our story called “4 Ways To Find The Right Contact At School” to learn more. If you’re still unsure of how to reach out to the school or what you should talk about when you visit a class, contact us for assistance.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Other ideas to help TalkingInClass.org? Contact us using the form below and we’ll help.