Money Talks

Money Talks volunteers increase the financial literacy of our high school students. Using material from the University of California Cooperative Extension Money Talks program and the National Endowment for Financial Education, United Way has prepared a series of five classes for high school seniors that present accurate, unbiased information and hands-on experiences in financial literacy; tools that young people can learn and take with them into early adulthood and through life.

49% of all Americans are saving nothing towards retirement. More than 40% of American families have less than $1,000 in a liquid, non-retirement savings account. 43% of American families spend more than they make. These troubling statistics show why United Way of San Luis Obispo County's focus on improving financial stability must start with teaching young people how to make the sound economic decisions that lead to a secure financial future. United Way's Money Talks for Teens program was designed to inspire youth to understand the importance of financial skills and provide a basis that students can use for lifelong development of personal financial literacy.

After nearly a two-year COVID break, we were back in the classrooms during the 2021-22 school year with our Money Talks program. We connected with 570 students for a total of 3,645 hours of financial literacy instruction between Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Lopez, and Mission Prep High Schools. Special thanks to this year’s volunteer presenters: Anne Crabbe, Josh Rocha, Norman Baxter, and Tom Fitzhugh.

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Volunteers work in teams, going to their assigned class for five sessions. Although a background in finance or banking is helpful, volunteers need no prior experience. To learn more or to get involved, please contact us at (805) 541-1234 or visit

Money Talks is generously sponsored by:
Friends of the late Larry Baur, CPA


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