The Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas are pretty much known for their cookie sales and their STEM programs. But they’re adding a new stitch to their tapestry of skills — money management skills.
Despite the pandemic’s throwing traditional programs into disarray, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and Comerica Bank “launched a financial education partnership” composed of three components:
- College savings investment strategies
- Higher award incentives and
- A financial education patch program.
It was a natural partnership since Comerica Chief Human Resources Officer Megan Burkhart has not only been a GSNETX longtime volunteer but also a former board member.
Just before the Scouts’ cookie program got underway last August, virtual financial education workshops were held with a sweet incentive — “Girls who completed the Comerica’s Money $ense curriculum were eligible to match Girl Scout cookie donations to first responders and other essential workers, for funding/reimbursement of their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award while earning a Comerica Bank Money $ense Program.”
In addition to looking good on a girl’s uniform, the patch is proof of her “building money management skills now that can continue to pay off decades in the future.”
The results? 130+ patches have been earned. That means more than 130 women who will not be the least bit intimidated by checking accounts, interest and much more.
Don’t you know they’re probably now in charge of their families’ bookkeeping.
* Graphic provided by Comerica Bank