I had a nice and educational experience. Leaning about monthly expenses and how people have a budget and with it learn to limit the amount of things you spend your money.I did this activity once before for one of my classes last semester and honestly didn't understand much of the work we had to record on to paper; however, the second time I did this activity I asked more questions and feel I have a better understanding about budgeting and spending money on your needs not your wants.Nikkie D Mount Tabor High School
Center for Smart Financial Choices has transformed our students lives as it pertains to money. Students have gained skills preparing them for the real world of budgeting and spending money. They realize that making money doesn't mean recklessly spending. Wise counsel is critical as decisions around money is made. The wise conusel of CFSFC respresentatives helped our students understand how money works and why it is essential to know when, why, and how to spend the money you make. Thank you CFSFC for your continued work of preparing our students for a success life.
We here at Southeast High School had over 200 students participate in the "Adult for a Day" program. Our students were engaged and really enjoyed the opportunity of learning how to be financial stable. We applaud your expertise and experience of sharing such value information to students of all levels.
Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has worked with the Center for Smart Financial Choices. Their professionalism, compassion and knowledge are unmatched. Financial literacy for students is an important tool to improve the financial capability of our youth and communities.
What a fantastic program. I am a teacher of high school CTE and could not ask for a better way for my students to spend a day on non class related activities. The students are getting a taste of the real world and credit and spending. They are thinking and putting applications to a practical use. There is a serious shortage of education for student on life lessons. Second year participant and it's only gotten better. I highly reccomend to anyone looking to prepare your kids for the real world!!
Ms. Moser provided a great experience with Mount Tabor. We had fun learning about real world finances and the different credit scores.Fun activities relating to future life is very helpful.
This experience have helped me realize that the real world is hard and that you have to learn how to save up money . I appreciate Mrs. Moser helping us. I would recommend this work shop to other students my age.
Mount Tabor High School
Great Class & very informative! I really enjoyed all the sessions!!
The event titled "Don't Let Success Slip Away - Secure the bag" was powerful event for women. I especially liked how the guest speaker, Timoji Jackson, explained that women undermine themselves when negotiating salary or fees for services. We have been taught to shortchange our worth while men will be more adamant about not negotiating what they charge for their time. The talk was followed up by a financial activity on knowing money habitudes. Participants walked away with an understanding of how they spend money and the strengths and challenges behind these money personality types.
Working with these ladies was an incredible experience. They have so much knowledge and information to share!!
Offered their new day dawning course to my company. It has helped me be more mindful of my spending , being saving for my future. It’s also a very inspiring class in general, and helps you feel more confident.
The "Adult For A Day" program was a great way to learn and actually experience handling money as I will in the future. It helped me understand how to save and make the best choices depending on income and the lifestyle I would like in my future.
I learned about a credit score and how important it is for me to keep the score high. I learned about the importance of saving money after every paycheck
I learned that you need to pay your bills on time in order to get a good credit score, you should save up you're money, and the financial sacrifices people make everyday.
I got to experience "Adult for a Day" at West Forsyth and I enjoyed it a lot. I learned that you don't have to spend a ton of money to get the necessities and your credit score plays a big role in the things you can buy.
The "Adult for a Day" program really helped my Accounting I students understand what a real world budget consist of. They got to float around to different stations using play money and having to make financial choices based off of their income and expenses. This program was very beneficial and I highly recommend it.
I'm a student who went through the "Adult for a Day" and I enjoyed it. It really put what we learned in class into real world scenarios that could actually happen. My partner and I were able to see how a credit score could effect you positively and negatively and how your income could multiply those effects. Overall it was highly educational, fun, and enlightening.
I learned about the credit scores an how your credit scores can get you some good things thats only if you have good credit! basically your credit is what really help you in the long run
I learned about banking simulations when I attended the 2017 Summer CTE Conference in Greensboro, N.C. I went to our Career Development Coordinator, and she was familiar with Smart Financial Choices. I began emailing Betty Ann Faulkner. She is vibrant and enthusiastic. Betty Ann, along with accounting and business majors and instructors from Winston-Salem State University along with area business owners volunteered at our school. Both of my Personal Finance classes went through the stations. I have never seen students so engaged. They are still talking about this experience and how much they learned. Career Management students participated as well. Students were thrilled with the gift bags too. I am asking Betty Ann to come back in the Spring. Every student and even adults should see this program in action. What does it look and feel like, it looks and feels like reinforcement in student's lives for for making wise financial choices and help with the final exam. I highly recommend this to anyone.
i learned that you should spend your money on the important things first(needs not wants) and then after. i also learned that depending on how high or low your credit score is, that will determine what you can get
I am a student from John F. Kennedy High School in Winston Salem North Carolina. "The Adult For A Day" activity was really fun. I had the opportunity to experience the types of spenders that someone could be.
I am a student from North Carolina and the "Adult for a day" exercise helped students in my school learn that being and adult for a day is harder than believed and that having a excellent credit score will help you a lot and that that's basically what you need in life to be able to purchase a house , car, etc
The Center for Smart Financial Choices allowed all students in our school to participate in "Adult for a Day". The students and staff had an excellent experience and learned many valuable life lessons through the activity.
The YMCA is a great program that I glad to be apart of. This is my 2nd year working with the Summer Leaning Academy which has been a joy. My interaction with the kids was great and beneficial. I learned some things from them and vice verse. I enjoy the many different activities that challenges not only the kids mind but the TA's as well through our STEM activities. The assemblies are very engaging and fun every afternoon. My experience this summer was great and looking forward to next summer.
I have loved everything about working with this program, the students, my co-lead and my directors. We touched so many little lives and helped so many who came to us struggling. I have recommended this program to so many people for their children in the future. Our students were always excited to see us and always had smiles on their faces, even though sometimes their mouths were full of marshmallows. This was a perfect balance of academics and camp/outdoor fun activities and the kids had a blast and so did we!
My mom and I met with Mrs. Falkner from CFSFC to talk about my financial future. I can't begin to describe how helpful and reassuring the meeting was! I learned more about Credit Unions and Banks, and also the best options for me going forward to college. CFSFC has also come to my High School and conducted interactive and fun financial activities, like being an adult for a day. These activities truly benefited me and I'm so thankful for this organization!
I volunteered for the Adult for a Day program through the Center for Smart Financial Choices at Walkertown High School recently, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I feel I got back much more from the experience than I gave. I’ve been in the financial service industry for 17 years, and I’ve rarely had the opportunity to provide education on topics such as budgeting, credit, and homeowners/renters insurance. It was rewarding to witness high school students grasp financial topics, while applying them to real world situations. I will continue to volunteer for additional opportunities with the Center for Smart Financial Choices as they arise.
Betty Ann and her entire staff are awesome! They care about our children and they are dedicating the time, patience, and their expertise into seeing that each child understands and are thinking about financial impacts to their lives. The interactive, real-life activities are wonderful. I attended the recent Investing in our Youth event and took my 8-yr-old great-niece along with me. After only a couple stations she had the hang of things and was beginning to talk through what she needed, wanted, and had money to buy. It was so rewarding to see her interact with the station volunteers who made the activity fun and challenging. She even had money at the end of the event, plus won a $200. Thanks, CfSFC for all you do!!!
Im a financial counselor student and was very fortunate and honored to have had the opportunity to volunteer with CFSFC. This was such a fun and educational money program. I enjoyed watching the teens engage in the Money Habituteds program. The organization is doing a great service of educating school age kids and teens on money. I look forward to volunteering with them in the near future.
I’ve been on both sides of the Center for Smart Financial Choices nonprofit organization, both as a program participant and as a program volunteer. Both instances were great learning lessons and great opportunities to learn more about financial planning and give back to my community. The CFSFC team is wonderful. They do a really good job teaching the material and engaging the students. They truly care that students understand what good and responsible financial planning is so that they can be prepared for the future. I’ve seen the program evolve and change since I first got involved 2 years ago, and I’m amazed at the results the CFSFC team has been able to accomplish since then! I’m excited to see where CFSFC will go in the future!
As a college student, the lessons I’ve learned have been very beneficial in my managing of my finances. I’m a strong believer in the importance of financial literacy. I first started budgeting when I was in high school, before I even had a job, and I’ve seen how being prepared early on in life has helped me save for things I want and be financially independent, not having to rely on my parents for money. Progressing through college, the Center has helped add onto my knowledge about credit, student loans & scholarships, and more. Speaking from a student perspective, the Center has taught me a lot, and that is exactly why I give back and volunteer when I am in town. Likewise, I would highly recommend others to get involved through volunteering or donations! You will not regret investing your time and/or money with CFSFC!
Thank you so much for coming! I learned so much about credit and how to use my money wisely. I really enjoyed the game, "Adult for a day", as we played as if we were the adults and determining what to buy due to our credit score. Again, thank you for coming to the North Carolina Leadership Academy.
I am a student from the North Carolina Leadership Academy and this nonprofit organization came and shared with with my class about budgeting and what kind of money spenders we were. We practiced fun activities and I learned that I was a planner. This meant I planned for how I was going to spend my money and that I was prepared. I really enjoyed having them and learned a lot!!
We did the "Adult For A Day" activity. This experience was very helpful in opening my eyes to what spending money in the real world is really like. I learned a lot about credit cards and how to use them. Thanks!!
I am a student and this organization came to our school. It was Way better than listening to our teacher lecture. We actually got involved with hands on stuff instead of just listening to someone talk.
DUDE THIS PLACE IS AMAZING, it helps teach about credit and what type of spender you are, it also shows you what it's like to be an adult for a day, which teaches you about insurance, credit, and more.
They came to my school and let us be " grown ups" for a day and it was really fun and interesting.
Great people to help us play our credit game! They knew what they were doing and were able to help us out with everything we were confused about!
Great environment and networking opportunity! Every time I volunteer with the Center for Smart Financial Choices I always have a great time and learn something new.
The Center for Smart Financial Choices and Leslie were awesome. They really helped my students get a better perspective of college and credit card usage. I will definitely seek their assistance again.
I was a volunteer with Betty Ann for Adult for the Day classes with ICCS in New York State. I felt this is a wonderful program for these young students. I even learned some things. The students seemed to really think about what actually happens in the real world with how to handle money. This is absolutely a great class. Very informative and needed!!!
I did find one thing that should be corrected -- the money needs to be all the same size.
I was lucky enough to be invited to volunteer for one of Betty Ann's Adult for the day classes.
She is so organized and the class just flew by. I could tell that the students were really paying attention by the questions that they asked. I think they enjoyed the class as much as we did. I would love to be invited to help her again.
My name is delmario.....an my experience I took from the class was how to better manage my money an how to also keep a emergency cash stash for a rainy day......Shout Out to Mrs Betty Ann an Team
The people that work for the Center for Smart Financial Choices are wonderful! My students enjoyed them coming out to the school and playing a game with them. The students learned a lot about money and how they can change their money habits in the future.
I enlisted the assistance of the Center for Smart Financial Choices, led by Ms. Betty Ann Falkner this fall as I was developing a new general education course called an Introduction to Financial Literacy. She and her staff and team of volunteers have been great to work with. They have led two very interactive, hands-on sessions with my students playing "Money Habitudes" and "The Good Credit Game". Student surveys have indicated that they enjoyed the experience while learning valuable financial information which will help them to navigate their personal finances. I have learned considerably in the process of working with them myself and intend to continue the partnership for future semesters. THANK YOU CFSFC!!
Dr. Carol Cain, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Winston-Salem State University
Leslie was such a great help and teacher! I learned so much more about credit and this information should be shared with everyone !
Leslie was an amazing instructor I learned a lot from her and she has a bubbly personality
Helped me learn how to manage credit and gave great advice on spending!
The group I worked with was great. My instructor Leslie was amazing I really did learn something!
They did an amazing job teaching us about finances!
Eye opening education that was delightful and encouraging. Firm foundation for a better budget and spending plan that teaches how to control your money instead of it controlling you. Ms. Falkner is a delight and I am so Thankful for this class. I strongly recommend it to everyone.
This was a good solid class of financial basics and beyond. I learned from the holistic approach; we analyzed our spending styles and looked at case studies, all the while by being engrossed by the fun approach. I now have an ongoing savings plan because of this class. The facilitator was great.
This was an amazing opportunity for our students at Atkins High school. My students were really engaged and interested in the activity and were talking about it the next day as well. It really did not matter the level of the student, it engaged everyone. I highly recommend adult for a day and the center for smart financial choices.
This is a letter of thank you from the Business Management and Spanish classes at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy. Your workshop presentation and interaction with the students about 'Adult for A Day' was both informative and exciting!
I am in the process of retiring, however, I hope that your Center will continue a close relationship with our school on next year. Some contact people are Mrs. Scott, our high school counselor, Mr. Barbour and Mrs. Watts, the Middle School CTE teacher.
Again, thank you for all you do for the students at WSPA
Mrs. Phyllis Penn
The Center for Smart Financial Choices came to my classes and gave my students an experience with money and budgeting as "Adults for A Day". It was very interactive and the students enjoyed the presentations.
The agency reinforced my Personal Finance curriculum data.
Thank you very much for the experience!
They did a great job sharing information and gave personal touches to everything which made it more realistic. I learned a few knew things which was surprising for me because I already knew quite a bit about the topic! The negative I have about the whole thing is that they didn't seem to offer a ton of solutions that most people don't already know about. However I am very grateful that they educate students on the many aspects of college.
Visited my school and educated me on how I could prepare myself for the expensive proposition that is higher education. Really left feeling as though I learned quite a bit from the seminar. Very well done, exceeded every one of my expectations, completely fulfilled what they set out to do.
This non profit visited my school in order to share information about smart college choices in order to avoid crippling student debt
This is a great experience for anyone of all ages. It teaches great life and money management choice. It shows me that you have to spend a little more to get a better future, in a way. The people who came to speak with us were very kind and helped my understand all the aspects of how a "real" financially stable adult should be living and going about their needs and wants with their money
I learned how to save and spend my money wisely. I learned how to invest my money and I should open up a bank account because when get older i have more money in the bank that's if i save it until then.
it was fun i like how y'all helped us the learn the way of money and was teaching us the way to save money for the future and how to start saving now y'all help me make better decisions with my money
i enjoyed the staff that came to my school & helped us figure out to manage & live an adult life. Being an adult is not easy at all, it comes with alot of work. but yes so far i loved it.
my experience with this nonprofit was good because i got to learn about how to start a savings account and how much money you have to spend when you have poor or very good credit score and how to write a check i learned a lot about saving money.
I enjoyed the staff that came to my school to talk to us about how we should manage our money and how we should mange our money when we get in older. I loved how they told us about everything like insurance, housing, transportation, and more things. I enjoyed learning new things. I think they should come back and teach middle school and some more of the high school classes so everybody can know how to manage money.