Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Public Library leveraged a partnership with Make a Difference-Wisconsin to improve financial literacy among high school students

Key Activities: 

  • Collaborated with Make-a-Difference Wisconsin, Plum Moving Media, and the library’s own Teen Advisory Board to produce three high-quality videos on money management for teens. Milwaukee Public School students played a role in the productions:
  • Incorporated these videos into financial literacy seminars for approximately 5,300 students at 64 high schools in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha, delivered in partnership with Make a Difference Wisconsin, a nonprofit devoted to improving financial education for students in the state.
  • Shared the videos for inclusion in an online economics and personal finance course offered by the Virginia Department of Education, in response to a statewide requirement that each student complete a course on economics and personal finance before graduation. The videos formed part of three lesson units: Banking Essentials, the Bottom Line on Borrowing, and Financial Planning. The high school course was made available to all Virginia districts.

Looking to take your library’s financial literacy efforts to the next level? Connect with ALA’s Financial Literacy Interest Group.