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Show me the money!Last Sunday, Jan 31, I was please to participate in The Girl 2 Girl Leadership Conference held at Simmons College located in the beautiful Fenway. Sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, the lively events targeted to girls in the 6, 7, and 8th grades, featured a variety of creative arts, dance, local and global women’s issues, service and the environment. What an amazing day.

The class I taught was called “Show Me the Money!” The course was designed by my partner Judy Moses and me to help teens become financially literate. Topics include personal values v. dollar value, earning power, banking, and budgeting. The underlining message was that by setting goals and developing a plan, you can live your dream, get what you want, be who you want to be, and give back to your community. It all begins by digging down deep and deciding what you what. What are your priorities?Does money equal happiness

After two sessions, with somewhere between 20 and 30 girls in each class, I walked out of the Fenway totally energized. I had a blast. I was so impressed by the attendees who were so engaged especially on a Sunday afternoon when most teens want to be “chillin’.” They were cheerfully attentive and we had some really good discussions about whether money was good or bad and how to develop good money habits. Beginning with some brainstorming what do you want?

The event was so rewarding, we plan on offering this class to the community on an on-going basis, extending the curriculum for older teens as well. If you or your organization is interested, please let us know, we would love to come and talk to you about setting up a class. Many thanks to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Simmons College for sponsoring such an enriching event. nike air max bw nike air max bw