Our mission is to improve the economic education and financial literacy of Bay Area Youth and to promote professional certification in the financial services industry. Our objective is to introduce students to the savings and investment tools that will help them achieve their goals in life, and to advance qualified, certified professionals to help them along the way.
Working With Students
We support a variety of K-12 economic education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship enrichment programs throughout the Bay Area. We provide expert volunteers from the financial services industry who serve as judges, coaches, mentors, guest speakers and field trip hosts. Volunteer opportunities run from September through May in conjunction with the school year, in locations throughout the Bay Area. To get involved, contact us or scroll down to learn more about the programs we support!
Working With Teachers
We provide free training workshops for high school economics teachers throughout the year. Our workshops feature university professors and industry professionals who provide lesson plans, demonstrate classroom activities, and share favorite teaching resources for economics and personal finance. Teachers from throughout the Bay Area are invited to participate, and our past workshops have received stellar reviews! Workshops are held in February, June and October and qualify for college CE credit. To learn more about our programs for teachers, click here.
We provide merit awards to exceptional university students pursuing a career in finance, covering costs of the Chartered Financial Analyst Level One exam and prep course. We also support the scholarship programs of the local Financial Planning Association and the Financial Women of San Francisco. To read more about our merit award and scholarship program, click here.
Financial Literacy Program Partners
Junior Achievement (JA) partners with educators and volunteers to give young people access to the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA recruits and trains corporate and community volunteers to deliver experiences that give students, from kindergarten through high school, relevant, hands-on learning on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the impact of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.
Volunteers are needed to visit classrooms and deliver the JA curriculum to a variety of age groups throughout the Bay Area. To learn more about JA's current volunteer opportunities, click this link.
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Bay Area
Through project based learning, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. Since 1994, NFTE Bay Area has taught more than 10,000 students from low-income communities in the Bay Area the basics of starting and operating a small business. NFTE's Annual Business Plan Competition engages aspiring young entrepreneurs from Bay Area high schools to present their business plans to an esteemed panel of regional business executives and entrepreneurs. The competition is designed to provide youth from low-income communities with the resources and skill sets to succeed professionally and academically following graduation from high school.
BAFEF provides volunteers to NFTE who serve as coaches, mentors and judges. NFTE operates in schools in San Francisco, the East Bay and Peninsula/South Bay. To learn more about volunteering for NFTE please contact us!
For more information on NFTE programs and to read about their history, please visit http://www.nfte.com
SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game and InvestWrite Competition
SIFMA Foundation's acclaimed The Stock Market Game™, which has served nearly 12 million students since 1977, relies on a rigorously integrated curriculum. Students sharpen skills in subjects such math, economics and social studies, while also gaining exposure to the concepts of saving and investing, as they participate in a simulated global marketplace and compete for prizes. InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition, produced by The Stock Market Game program, adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.Students participating in the Stock Market Game work in teams and invest virtual money over a period of several weeks, competing with other teams/schools for the highest return. The students also submit essays for the InvestWrite Competition, Each year, BAFEF hosts the regional awards ceremony for The Stock Market Game and InvestWrite Competition. Students from throughout the Bay Area join us in downtown San Francisco for the presentation of awards and lunch. Winning teams are recognized and give short speeches reflecting on and what they learned through participating. The ceremony is enjoyable and we encourage financial professionals to attend as our guest!
The 2016 ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 10 AM to Noon in the auditorium at 555 California Street, San Francisco. If you would like to join us for this inspiring event, please email us!
For more information on the Stock Market Game please visit http://www.stockmarketgame.org/index.html
Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition
The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition was an award-winning educational program that combined timely articles from the daily Wall Street Journal with colorful graphics and interdisciplinary lesson plans to help teachers prepare teenagers for the real world. The program included a monthly newspaper for students, monthly Teacher Guides, a subscription to the school address to the daily Wall Street Journal, and supplemental videos produced by CNBC. The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition provided high school students and teachers with engaging, real-life news and information on the world of business. Subscriptions enhanced the classroom experience by engaging students with real-world news stories, providing standards-based activities for teachers, supplementing classroom materials with real-life examples, and supporting classroom activities with cutting-edge tools and resources from The Wall Street Journal Online. From 2007 to 2013, BAFEF provided Bay Area High Schools with subscriptions and provided support for teachers who use the curriculum. The publication was discontinued by its publisher in June, 2013.BAFEF is proud to have provided the following high schools with the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition:
Alhambra High School – Martinez
Mission San Jose High School - Castro Valley