When we think about literacy, few of us think about money. However, how we manage our money is in fact one component of literacy. How we manage (or don’t manage) our money directly impacts our quality of life. In the literacy world, it’s called: financial literacy.
Financial literacy is knowing how to manage our money to meet our personal and family goals. Money management is something that few families discuss. Our parent’s don’t teach us and it’s only recently become a topic in our schools.
So, if we haven’t learned about how to manage money at home or at school, where have we learned? Most of us learn about money through trial and error, experience, and watching what others do.
Across the country there are organizations that are working to improve our money management knowledge. Organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy, Practical Money Skills – Canada, and the Task Force on Financial Literacy are exploring how we handle our money with research, programs and services, and online tools.
Locally in British Columbia a number of programs and services are offered. Whether looking for help for yourself or a friend, check out these programs and services as a starting point:
- Vancity: Each One, Teach One – personal money management workshops
- Credit Counselling Society – No More Debt – various personal money management services and online webinars
- Family Services of Greater Vancouver – Money Skills Financial Literacy
Locally, the Literacy Committee is partnering with non profit organizations, and the above noted agencies, to strengthen local financial literacy. Learn more about how partnering with us works by reading this Invitation to Partner on Financial Literacy 2013. Want to know what our Financial Service Partners offer, read Financial Services Description 2013.
Interested in hosting a Financial Literacy workshop for your clients or the public, contact Angie McLeod.