Keys to Your Financial Future Participant Guides

Posted July 23, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Keys to Your Financial Future Participant Overview


Updated in August 2019, Keys to Your Financial Future is a curriculum developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. It helps young people — ages 16–26 who are, or will soon be, facing adult responsibilities  — build the financial skills they need. The curriculum was created with experts from around the country, including young people who shared what they wished they had known about personal finances as they transitioned into adulthood.
Through interactive activites, the curriculum aims to empower young people to make informed decisions about their financial lives. It is organized into eight segments called keys, which cover topics such as understanding credit, paying bills and budgeting, saving and investing, banking and protecting your identity.

The individual guides for participants will provide the foundation for the training, which is facilitated by an expert.

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A brighter financial future — in eight parts

The curriculum is delivered in eight sections, which are called keys. These keys are: 1) building the foundation; 2) unlocking the door to loans, housing, jobs and more; 3) getting the credit and loans you need; 4) understanding your income; 5) paying your bills and making a budget; 6) saving and investing; 7) banking; and 8) protecting your identity and your money.