I have worked with Mind Treasures for the past several years and they never fail to amuse me of their impact on the lives of young children. Participants are always eager to learn new financial skills from MT's staff. I love how most of the young ones are already thinking about teaching what they have learned to their own children in the future. Each lesson plan from the ABCs of Wealth curriculum provide a valuable life skill to the participants that will have lifetime effects. I sure home MT's program will expand rapidly throughout San Diego and beyond.
Mind Treasures is a definite treasure for all who have an opportunity to participate. It is a curriculum that should be available for all young people. It is planting a positive seed for now and their future. They can share this vital information now with others even their parents who may not have gotten this information earlier. This curriculum is twofold: the children are learning valuable information on virtues they should strive to possess in addition to learning about how to handle money. The virtues taught has so much to do with how money is handled.
I just attended a course over-view of the Mind Treasures program and mission. The mission of MInd Treasures as I understand it, is to train a generation of people to be more financially literate by invoking the sound philosophy of spending, sharing and sharing ones money to a entrephilantropic end. This message, taught to all ages in all walks of life, will then be taught to the next generation and the next becoming eventually a way of life.
While the present economic state of the nation will seemingly slow the effect message of the mission of MInd Treasures, it is a great and trainable philosophy sure to benefit all in society. There will be more concern for the society, less selfishness and less dependence of credit or greed and immediate gratification. This is a simple and beautiful goal.
As a Fourth Grade teacher, I can tell you that the Mind Treasures program is awesome! The students love the class and they learn life-long skills related to saving, spending and sharing. Mind Treasures provides curriculum that we as public school teachers are not able to cover in the normal classroom setting. I wish every student could go through a Mind Treasures program!
Just like music is universal, so is mind treasures. Mind Treasures is for any age or gender. It is basic financial literacy needed by all. But more than about money, it is about character development. Mind Treasures teaches about tools needed to handle money (little or much). Especially, patience, self-discipline and moderation. We can talk about everything developed inside of us. Mind Treasures teaches on responsibility, truthfulness, and generosity. Children can learn to be thankful for all things. It is not just about MONEY!!!!
My two sons have done this program and have enjoyed the very different hands on activities. I have taught the program in Beijing China as an after school activity and very often parents would come repeatedly and thank me for what their kids were learning. I have taught this program to counselors and teachers from 2 International schools in Beijing and they have also taught it as an after school program. My kids are using the skills they have learned. They are getting weekly allowance and are doing a great job in saving, spending and sharing. They have truly understood the concept of money management taught to them. I have had friends also who have bought the package as a christmas gift and they were very happy with the results. I highly recommend the program. It is easy to teach and an easy and fun way to learn.
Review from Guidestar
It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Mind Treasures. Not only does this agency embraces the mission of providing excellent financial literacy to underserved youth but they have expanded the concept of education and have developed a unique curriculum combining character development with financial literacy, in order to raise our future generations to become financially stable and independent. The curriculum is taught by incorporating the foundation of values by focusing on developing key character traits such as patience, responsibility, moderation, thankfulness, selflessness, generosity and truthfulness. This development is complemented by learning the goal setting, decision making, borrowing and budgeting processes.
I've had the opportunity to volunteer in an after-school program curriculum they teach, ABC's of Wealth and it was truly a life experience for me.
They have been a partnering agency of the San Diego City-County Reinvestment Task Force and they have continously have seeked opportunities to coordinate efforts with community agencies and schools in San Diego and we are currently working on a collaborative effort in bringing Financial Education to the Schools in San Diego, especially those located in lower-income communities.
Review from Guidestar
Mind Treasures is a Gem of a program. The only program of it's kind, children learn the importance of saving and making responsible financial decisions. If this program was adopted in every school in San Diego county, San Diego would lead our nation in financial literacy. I only wish I had the opportunity to learn about credit, debt, and purchasing behavior before I enrolled in college. I would recommend Mind Treasures to any parent who wants to equip their children for a responsible financial future filled with values and expertise.
Review from Guidestar