Financial Leadership

What are the skills, knowledge, and attributes I must master to become a wise steward of money?

Why Take This Course?

Drawing growth graph in notebook with heap coins stair, financial plan concept

We believe that young people have the power to lead themselves financially.

Like it or not, money runs deep in our lives. “The Parable of the Talents” illustrates how three different stewards acted with the resources they were given. Every young person learns about money from watching parents, the government, peers, and others. Sadly, they often witness poor stewardship in the form of waste, overspending, fear of scarcity, procrastination…and the list goes on. The Financial Leadership course presents students with the skills and knowledge needed to live a healthy financial life, and it challenges them to develop the character attributes that lead to success not just with money, but in leadership and life. We believe that young people have the power to lead themselves financially. As part of the leadership project in this course, students will participate in a multi-month stock market investment competition, and they also participate in a month-long budgeting project.

 

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
How do I begin a healthy and positive relationship with money?
(Personal Finance, Part 1)
How do I acquire long-term wealth?
(Investing, Part 1)
How do I make wise investment decisions?
(Investing, Part 2)
What are some of the big financial decisions I will be making in my life, and how can I ensure I make the right choices?
(Personal Finance, Part 2)
What is the nature of money?How is teamwork related to leadership?How do I know that I'm progressing in the development of my investment policies?How do I start building good credit now?
How do I begin saving now?What does it mean to invest, and why would I do that?How do I analyze the quality of prospective investment opportunities?What is the history of debt and money management, and why does it matter?
How do I realistically budget my expenses, regardless of my income?What is the stock market?What resources do publicly-traded companies provide to help me know I am making good investment decisions?How can I increase my ability to earn, taking taxes into consideration?
How do I make good financial choices to ensure I am wealthy enough for both day-to-day and emergency expenses?How do I mitigate financial risk in my investments?How do I ensure that prospective investment opportunities are a good value?How do I own my own home?
What is debt, and how can I avoid it?How does my age affect investment decisions?How do I analyze an industry to determine potential growth?Does money bring happiness?
What positive and negative feelings do I have towards money?How can I be sure that I am always making ethical decisions, especially when it comes between me and making money?
Taking everything we've learned into consideration, what is our overall investment strategy?
... and how do I present that to potential clients?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Find required versions and ISBNs on the High School Booklist

AuthorTitle
William ShakespeareThe Merchant of Venice
BestSelf Co.SELF Journal (one per semester, live class only)
 

Details

  • Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 5
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5