FoundationLogoGreater Indianapolis girls need opportunities to improve their financial literacy and take control of their financial futures. According to Still on Shaky Ground 2011, a report by the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the poverty level for female-headed households with children under 18 is 44.4% in Marion County.

Thanks to a generous grant of $20,000 from the Foundation for Financial Planning, we are working to reverse this disturbing trend of poverty by preparing girls to manage money, set educational goals, and plan for a future career.

The mission of the Foundation for Financial Planning is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with people in need. We are grateful for their generous grant of $20,000 in support of Girls Inc. Economic Literacy and Lunch Bunch programs.

During a recent Economic Literacy program, girls ages 9-11 participated in fun, interactive activities to learn basic money management skills. They practiced identifying different coins and bills and writing checks for deposit at the National Bank of Girls Inc. They also learned reasons to save their money and began to set financial goals.

• “The most important thing I learned is never to take money for granted,” said Jasmine, age 10.

• “I liked when we filled out the checks and played the game ‘Put it in the Vault’,” said Taylor, age 9.

• “I learned that using a bank for your money is important,” said Amari, age 10. “A bank keeps your money safe.”

Thank you again to the Foundation for Financial Planning for helping us empower girls with the skills and attitudes they need to achieve a self-sufficient future.