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Center for Smart Financial Choices

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Causes: Mutual & Membership Benefit

Mission: "Teaching financial education through personal interactive programs to enable individuals to make better financial decisions now and in the future.”

Results: The demand for CFSFC financial education programs continues unabated. Number of Individuals served Since 2012: Youth: 22,440 Adults: 3,376 for a total of 25,816 receiving financial education.

Target demographics: teach financial education through personal interactive programs to enable individuals to make better financial decisions now and in the future.”

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,301 youth and 338 adults raise their knowledge of money, credit and choices to improve their financial lives.

Geographic areas served: Piedmont Region of North Carolina; Forsyth, Guildford, Stokes and surrounding counties

Programs: Adult for A Day workshops for youth that simulate real life experience so teens are able to: - Explain what a budget is and create one that balances positively. - Articulate how different education attainment levels will lead to different incomes. - Differentiate between needs and wants and prioritize accordingly. - Articulate how credit can positively or negatively affect the areas of housing, transportation, utilities, credit card, and insurance. - Communicate the importance of saving money. Credit & Savings Builder Program (CSB) is offered through employers to their employees. CSB is a hands-on, interactive financial education program that combines financial competency with goal setting, increases self-awareness and provides personal motivation/empowerment. Individuals learn how to build an Emergency Savings Account, Build or Improve their Credit and set up a Personalized Spending Plan.

Community Stories

216 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Josh H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Maddie
Mount Tabor High School

Taylor F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very fun time and learn a lot of ways to handle money

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Class & very informative! I really enjoyed all the sessions!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with these ladies was an incredible experience. They have so much knowledge and information to share!!

1 Meghan Sylvia Renee J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned a lot of stuff for the future as an adult like saving money

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

1

Advisor

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 3

I think prezintashon was gud even tho i broke. Fun time as fun sa game stuff not cheap. teahcer giv fake muney and no likie dat. no tasty gud eider. tank u 4 da laern stuf

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!