Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) recently partnered with five local Girl Scout troops in Rochester and Barrington, teaching them financial literacy and education at their meetings.
HRCU launched the effort in early February as an extension to its youth program, which has had a presence in many local elementary schools through its Super Saver Days for more than a decade.
“Teaching today’s youth financial literacy is extremely important,” HRCU Spaulding High School Branch Manager and Youth Educator, Leah Esslinger-Sprowl said. “We love being part of the experience in helping these children get an education and understanding of financial responsibility.”
The lessons, taught by Esslinger-Sprowl, help to teach children responsible financial habits and are specifically designed for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, children in grades kindergarten through third.
Children are encouraged to earn up to four financial badges - Making Choices, Money Counts, Philanthropist, and Money Manager - each signifying a different level of financial education. As children collect badges, they will learn the monetary value of money, how to make smart financial choices, budgeting, and how to help those in need though community service.
“It is important for the girls to have a working knowledge of money and what it means so that they can make smart decisions with it as they get older,” Rochester Girl Scout Troop 10904 leader, Melissa Cardin said. “This is something kids can understand at a basic level, and can implement anywhere – at home, in their personal lives, and with their troop.”
HRCU looks to expand its Girl Scout outreach program in the coming months, as it continues to establish and develop relationships with local youth.
“We really want to fill the void of financial education with the youth in our community,” Esslinger-Sprowl said. “I believe it’s our responsibility to reach out and provide them with the knowledge they deserve.”