Launched in early 2019 #MoneyHacks is a not-for-profit project with the aim of delivering financial education to young people in Leeds in the form of face to face group training sessions. I was approached by project lead, Karol Thornton, to get involved while he was busy securing the funding. 

His words perfectly explain the need for this kind of education and why it’s so relevant for young people right now…

“Promoting positive financial habits is more important than ever for our young people. Our project talks to children and teenagers about good saving and spending habits, budgeting, money management and lots more. Giving kids the power to make informed decisions is one step towards preventing the kind of financial issues we see growing in society right now like excessive debt and poverty.”

We’ve been working with Karol and the team to devise a number of modules for the project that cover budgeting, cost of living, saving and borrowing and fraud and scams, gambling and social gaming, all relevant to our target age group of 11 – 18 year olds. All the content we create is branded for the project and each module includes a slide deck, activities, activity sheets, trainer guides and additional resources. 

There is a small but perfectly formed team of experienced trainers and educators who deliver the training across Leeds (they also train up teachers and educators to deliver the training themselves.) We support the trainers with updating content, training resources and collecting and promoting feedback. 

The project has launched first in Leeds supported by Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau, Leeds Community Foundation and Lowell Giving Community Fund. We are currently helping to build relationships with schools and youth groups across the region in order to deliver this training to their young people.

To find out more visit moneyhacks.org.uk