As part of our commitment to ensuring the advancement of financial literacy in Canada, the AFC works to promote youth awareness and education in mathematics and financial matters. Here’s a look at the current youth programs available:
Since 2013, the Bank Buddies program has provided children aged 5–17 with the opportunity to be mentored in a one-to-one relationship by a local bank employee (or person with a financial background). Each Bank Buddy has a dedicated focus on developing a child’s self-esteem, self-confidence, mathematical literacy, and financial awareness.
Canadian Mathematical Society
Dollars with Sense
Sponsored since 2010, Dollars with Sense is a program available for Grade 7 to 9 students in Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI, and Nova Scotia, in partnership with JA Canada (formerly Junior Achievement). Led by experienced business volunteers, students learn about money management, simple investment strategies, and making informed decisions.
Economics for Success
Economics for Success is targeted at Grade 8 to 10 students in Québec, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI, and Ontario, delivered through JA Canada. The program helps students develop positive attitudes towards education and the future, explore the relationship between education and personal goals, and learn about managing money and credit.
An annual one-day event for Grade 7 to 12 students in the greater Toronto area to raise awareness and promote education and careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. The AFC has sponsored the sold-out conference since 2016.
Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) is committed to increasing public awareness of the importance of mathematics. PIMS initiatives include working with First Nations in British Columbia to improve math literacy. The AFC supports PIMS’ work with grants to sponsor teacher-training workshops focused on aboriginal and at-risk students.
Science and Mathematics in Action (SMAC)
Funded in part by the AFC, SMAC works to increase interest in STEM fields and demystify mathematics for the population at large. Show Math, one of three projects SMAC runs, is an educational show about mathematics for young people and the public in general. Show Math has been presented over 70 times throughout Québec, Ontario, and New Brunswick since 2005.
Second Chance delivers after-school programs to youth in Toronto’s Mornelle neighbourhood. The purpose of the program is to engage students and get them interested in mathematical concepts through a combination of game play and interactive learning.
Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS)
The TFSS has engaged Cent$ible Students to visit classrooms within the Toronto District School Board and teach children financial literacy skills through introductory and advanced workshops. This initiative helps lower-funded schools meet the mandate of delivering financial literacy knowledge to their students in Grades 4 to 12.
Youth Science Canada
In partnership with the AFC, Youth Science Canada recognizes youth excellence in Canada’s science industry. The AFC Awards, presented at the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, are given to outstanding projects that demonstrate effective use of mathematics, database manipulation, and statistical analysis in investigating or solving complex problems.
Girl Guides of Canada
Girl Guides of Canada’s national scholarship program has been supporting its members for more than 30 years as they pursue their educational goals and develop rewarding career paths. The AFC is proud to contribute to three scholarships for Grade 12 graduating female students pursuing post-secondary education in mathematical, actuarial, or STEM fields.
THEMUSEUM of Ideas
THEMUSEUM (formerly the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum) hosted an interactive youth-focused exhibit in 2018, Decoding E-Money, highlighting the many ways in which Canadians have made purchases in the past 200 years. It provided valuable information about the emergence and future of newer forms of currencies, such as e-currencies and crypto-currencies.
An extension of the engineering department of the University of Ottawa, Engineering Outreach provides STEM programs to youth. We are pleased to support a new initiative that provides workshops for mathematics teachers to incorporate coding and technology into their mathematics curricula.
If you would like to get involved with one of the youth education programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.