MetLife Foundation is partnering with Girl Scouts of the USA to reach tens of thousands of girls to help them become financially empowered and change their communities. Global economic challenges have made one thing clear: financial literacy skills matter now more than ever before, especially for girls.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy (PDF), nine out of ten girls (90 percent) say it's important for them to learn how to manage money, and 88 percent of girls think it's important to set financial goals, yet only a handful of girls surveyed (12 percent) feel very confident about making financial decisions.
Several Girl Scout councils and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Member Organizations have been chosen to participate in this crucial program that will leverage and utilize the GSUSA financial empowerment curriculum, through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), to teach girls about global competencies—budgeting, credit scores, bank loans, credit cards, interest rates, and more—that affect their lives and communities today.
Through this funded partnership girls will gain real-life, age-appropriate financial skills that will benefit their futures. And, for volunteers and parents, we also offer guidance—via a tip sheet in English (PDF) and a tip sheet in Spanish (PDF)—to help them raise financially empowered girls.
Underrepresented girls from participating countries will have the opportunity to participate in a program that is based on Girl Scouts' financial empowerment curriculum and adapted to their local needs. They will also connect with MetLife's Women's Business Network during MetLife's "Day of Service." Additionally, MetLife will encourage its employees to support GSUSA's ToGetHerThere campaign, the largest philanthropic campaign for girls in history.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife's long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2013, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $600 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.