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Teaching Teens Financial Responsibility

The University at Buffalo School of Management and M&T Bank have partnered to bring MoneySKILL®, an innovative personal finance curriculum, into area high schools.More than 70 high school students and their teachers participated in the inaugural MoneySKIL Mania competition

MoneySKILL is a free, interactive, Internet-based curriculum designed to educate students to make informed financial decisions on a variety of personal finance issues, including income, money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. It was developed by Lewis Mandell, professor emeritus of finance and managerial economics in the UB School of Management, in collaboration with the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation.

Through this public/private collaboration, M&T and the UB School of Management are reaching out to local high schools to help them integrate MoneySKILL into their curricula. Although New York State requires high school students to complete at least one-third of a semester of study in personal financial management, there are no resources to help schools achieve this objective, nor are there penalties for failing to do so.

The UB School of Management and M&T Bank provide free teacher training and technical support for MoneySKILL, making it easy for teachers to use. And because the program can be completed online by students outside of regular class time, teachers don't have to change their daily lesson plans. In addition, a built-in grade book electronically records each student's test scores and course grade, and MoneySKILL is regularly updated as tax regulations and financial products and services change.

More than 140 teachers from Western New York high schools are using MoneySKILL, and 71 percent of Buffalo public high schools have a teacher registered to use the program. In addition, at least one teacher in each of the eight counties of Western New York now have a teacher trained to use MoneySKILL. Learn more about MoneySKILL in Western New York.

Local outreach to schools is being funded by a grant from the M&T Charitable Foundation, with M&T providing a significant amount of staff and volunteer support to work with the UB School of Management in this effort.

Teachers or school representatives interested in learning more about MoneySKILL activities in the Western New York area can contact Cynthia Shore, Corporate and Community Relations, in the UB School of Management at 716-645-3226.

Learn more about MoneySKILL.