MetLife Foundation continues to partner with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to help hundreds of girls in underserved communities become financially savvy leaders, transform their communities, and leave their mark on the world.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy (PDF), U.S. girls are extremely optimistic about their futures, but they admit to lacking the financial confidence they will need to succeed in life. Girls ages 11–17 said their biggest gaps in financial knowledge concern how to establish good credit (46 percent), how credit cards work (37 percent), and how to invest money to make it grow (36 percent). They are quite clear that they need and want financial literacy skills to achieve their life goals, but in today’s changing economic landscape, many distrust large financial institutions and think that debt is a normal part of life.
Through the MetLife Foundation and GSUSA partnership, girls gain real-life, age-appropriate financial skills by participating in financial literacy activities and events, such as Financial Empowerment Service Days with MetLife Women’s Business Network chapters; earning fun badges; and following a curriculum that teaches girls about budgeting, credit scores, bank loans, credit cards, interest rates, and more.
The program provides continuity for girls through content that bridges them from each grade level to the next. Volunteers and parents can download a tip sheet on how to raise financially empowered girls (PDF).
The seven MetLife-selected Girl Scout councils and one World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) membership organization participating in the initiative include:
- Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
- Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
- Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest
- Girl Scouts of Greater New York
- Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
- Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England
- Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
- Guías de Mexico, WAGGGS
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 2016, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $744 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact on their communities. In 2013, the Foundation committed $200 million to advancing financial inclusion, and to date, its partners have reached 3.5 million low-income people in 39 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.