Programs designed to introduce High School students to a variety of financial topics
Each program listed below is organized to run for one class period, typically 45-60 minutes. Extracurricular organizations are also great avenues for these programs. We are happy to chat if you wish to run a program for more than a classroom of students at a time.
Personal Finance Games
Help put the FUN into FUNancial Literacy!
Empower your students through fun and relevant interactive personal finance games. Current North Central students will lead your students through personal finance games. Students will practice making financial decisions through entertaining activities. We believe that learning happens even when you don’t realize you’re learning!
We continue the fun through discussing takeaways and debriefing lessons learned with your students.
Examples of games we can run with your students (subject matter in parentheses):
- The Budget Puzzle (budgeting, saving) – Great for general audience
In this lesson, students complete a hands-on activity in which they must decide how to spend a hypothetical income. Along the way students learn about the tradeoffs involved in financial decision making.
- Credit Score Challenge (credit scores, credit cards, budgeting) – Great for general audience
In this lesson, students play a simple board game to learn about the importance of credit scores and the factors that affect one’s credit score.
- Get a Clue about Investing, based off the popular game Clue (Investing, stocks, bonds) – Best for a finance specific class or group
In this lesson, students play a board game to become familiar with a variety of financial assets and investment accounts.
- The Free Trade Game (relative value, gains from trade – more economics related) – Great for general audience in economics
In this lesson, students will play a game to show the value of free trade. Each student will be given [fake] resources/ goods that they can then trade with other students to hopefully make themselves better off.
- Net Worth – The FUN Money Game, based off the popular game Uno (debt, budgeting) – Great for general audience
In this lesson, students will aim to strategically get rid of debt and collect assets while unleashing financial doom on other players. Become debt free to end the game, but remember, the player with the highest net worth wins!
- Occupational Uno, based off the popular game Uno (employment, education, salaries, job barriers) – Great for general audience in economics
In this lesson, students will play a card game to learn about different occupations and their related median wages, entry-level education requirements, and near-term anticipated change in employment.
- ThriveTime for Teens (budgeting, investing, stocks, time management) – Great for general audience
In this lesson, students will play a reality board game where students are led through life after high school. Students will be faced with money and life decisions like buying cars, managing expenses, giving back to their community, paying for college, using credit cards, buying stocks, and starting businesses.