The idea is unique and the vision is bold! I've been a part of FMA for about 6 months. Since, I have been taken aback by the hurdles we have to jump as a nonprofit, but even more so the support we get from the community. People can really rally behind a group committed to providing the tool for critical thought at a pivotal age for decision-making.
I have been volunteering with Financial Mentors of America (FMA) and its programs, including the Game of Real Life and Real Life Financial Mathematics and Ready To Launch since 2004.
FMA focuses on student outcomes - do they graduate college ready, do they go on to post secondary education, do they complete their post secondary education and what careers and lives are they living.
One goal is to improve socioeconomic conditions of the community by helping teens succeed through education.
If education and helping teens succeed; if improving personal and economic conditions for families and communities interest you or sparks a passion, I recommend you contact FMA and start a dialogue. www.gameofreallife.org
Teens taking charge of their educational future in the face of horrific circumstances including being homeless, living in poverty, attending schools that, for many reasons, cannot and are not providing the guidance and education the students need and deserve.
This is what I have observed and I have been overwhelmingly excited by the effectiveness of Financial Mentors of America and its Game of Real Life and Connect the Dots programs. Students gravitate to critical thinking and taking personal responsibility for their Future. The statistics speak LOUDLY.
1. 100% of the students graduating from the Game of Real Life have graduated from high school college ready.
2. Currently, 92% are on schedule to graduate within 6 years from entering college; colleges such as Colombia University, Purdue, University of Houston, Scripts and many more.
3. Many of the Game of Real Life graduates return to volunteer as Team Leaders and Career Mentors for the next generation of Game participants.
Volunteering for Financial Mentors of America is personally meaningful and has impact on the individual students as well as the community.
I began volunteering with Financial Mentors of America as a Game of Real Life instructor 10 years ago. I was a classroom teacher looking for avenues to volunteer in my schools community for the summer. After meeting Lorraine, I was intrigued by her dedication and passion to educate youth on college access, workforce development, and how to make lucrative financial decisions. I have run into a few of my former Game of Real Life students over the years and am so proud that the Financial Mentors of America curricula and my small contribution was able to drastically change their lives.
Ever since I began working with Financial Mentors of America, I've encountered and worked along with some incredible and passionate people. The whole staff is committed to bringing financial education to underprivileged high school students and many more. They are so dedicated of sending the right message and making lessons fun and relatable to the students. Every day I'm learning something new from my colleagues at FMA. They encourage me to improve my video editing skills and experience filming first hand.
I just recently started working with FMA (Financial Mentors of America), but I am already extremely proud of the work we do and the vision this nonprofit has going forward. The goal of FMA's course, RLFM (Real Life Financial Mathematics), is to help ensure that students are prepared for all real-life matters throughout their lives. They learn how to prepare for life in college, how to become financially independent, ensure they have the knowledge to properly plan for marriage, children, mortgages, loans, tax situations, etc.
The program also helps students build skills needed for getting on the right track with their careers. I strongly believe that all students should be required to take this course as it would benefit many people who have already left school, that is how powerful and meaningful it is when appropriately applied to one's life goals. I wish I could have taken this course back in high school; I would have made better life choices. The decades of experience Ken and Lorraine have had in finance really shines through.
Several months ago, I was looking for a meaningful pursuit to add to my "retirement" life when a niece pointed me to Financial Mentors of America on Volunteer Match. As I read about the organization, I saw that their mission was directly related to needs I saw among the college students I worked with in my 22 year career on a major university campus, and so I volunteered to help. My role is quite limited at this point - just editing a newsletter - however, I am included on the weekly calls linking the folks who are doing the core work of the organization. As I listen to the tasks being accomplished, I am very impressed with the vision, the leadership and the volunteers associated with FMA. The purpose here is to institute in Texas schools the course that everyone wishes they had in high school - Real Life Mathematics. Students will learn about every financial decision they will face in the 8 to 10 years after high school graduation in the most practical terms. There are several schools successfully piloting the course this year and it can only grow as the benefits are realized! Lorraine Decker is so knowledgeable and she and Nibal Markus, the chief administrator for the organization, are organized and focused! They have gathered a great team of volunteers and collaborators. The team is dedicated and competent! I look forward to watching this grow and seeing thousands of students better able to navigate life because of Financial Mentors of America.
It was a wonderful experience working as a volunteer in the team. I had the chance to practice my craft and do what I love. The support I received from the members of the team is phenomenal.
My experience volunteering for FMA has been amazing. As a student, it has been very rewarding getting to work with incredibly nice and helpful people in different fields with different work backgrounds. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to learn new things and gain experience with such kind people who are very passionate about what they do!
I have found working with FMA to be an incredibly rewarding opportunity! Anytime you can work directly with people who are passionate about improving the lives of others, especially our future generations, it's going to be a positive experience. Having even a small role in something that will improve the lives of hundreds, thousands and possibly even millions of high school students in the future is something one can really take pride in.
My experience with FMA has been excellence. They are an organization with a vision and a purpose and they are truly caring about their volunteers. I have been working with them part time for over 6 months and don't have a complaint. They are on a mission to educate highschool students in financial education. It's a big and lofty goal that needed to be done and they are well on their way to success. It's been fun to be a part of an organization like this that has come so far and still has such a long way to go and shows no sign of slowing down.