SENCA SMART (Strategic Money and Resource Techniques) Financial Literacy is available for all 8th and 12th grade students throughout the counties of: Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee and Richardson for the 2021-2022 school year.
The one day event provides participants with an interactive Poverty Simulation in addition to classroom activities centered around the Wells Fargo Hands on Banking curriculum.
The program includes a 2 to 3 hour Poverty Simulation, facilitated by trained SENCA staff. The simulation is not a game. The simulation allows participants to experience a month in poverty during four 12 minute weeks. Volunteers from the community participate as service providers representing various businesses that include: a bank, grocery store, utility company, mortgage company, general employer, day care, school, social services, Community Action, law enforcement, a pawn shop, quick cash and more. The experience is designed to help provide a better understanding of the challenges faced by families experiencing economic challenges and help educate individuals about local resources available to help struggling households as they work to attain a goal of self-sufficiency.
The Hands on Banking Curriculum includes information on checking and saving, money management, the importance of credit and how education helps increase earning power. “The Hands on Banking® program is a free public service provided by Wells Fargo. You may also access the program at https://handsonbanking.org and https://elfuturoentusmanos.org”
SENCA SMART is measured by a pre and post-test. Since the programs implementation during the 2011-2012 school year, more than 3,666 eighth and twelfth grade students have participated. On average 80% of participants have increased their financial awareness by an average 30%.
SENCA works one-on-one with participating schools to provide a positive educational experience. For more information please contact SENCA at 402-862-5883 or the SENCA Central Office at 402-862-2411.