Dollars With Sense

Empowering Students to Make Smart, Lifelong Financial Choices

Volunteers make learning fun by using games and multimedia to boost students’ self-confidence and help them achieve financial literacy.

Students learn about budgeting, saving, global currencies and safe online shopping.

All Regions
Calgary & Area : Grade 7
Other Regions: Grades 7-8
1 - 4 hour class
(1st period to lunch bell)

Evaluating Financial Decisions

In this half-day, interactive classroom program, students will:

  • Identify financial needs, wants, and goals through a money management self-profile
  • Reflect on informed consumer decisions, and identify factors that influence spending
  • Calculate the cost of credit; understand the advantages of a balanced budget
  • Consider the benefits and risks of online shopping, as well as learn how to avoid scams
  • Learn how wealth can grow through wise investments

By the end of the program, students will know how to evaluate their financial decisions against their goals. This prepares them to make smart, lifelong financial choices.

Teacher Info


  • We request at least 3 hours of time in class
  • Registration is required at least 6 weeks before your preferred program date (some exceptions may apply)
  • JA volunteers are guest speakers; classroom supervision is required


  • Money Makes the World Go Round
  • Smart Shopping in an Online World
  • Spending, Saving, and Sharing
  • Make Your Money Work for You


  • Mathematics
  • Health and Life Skills
  • CTF
  • Social Studies


  • Opportunity for students to learn from finance and business leaders in their community
  • Students learn to evaluate their financial decisions, preparing them to make smart, lifelong economic choices
  • Volunteers share real-life stories and experiences, making learning engaging and memorable
  • Additional teacher resources and follow up activities are available

Volunteer Info


  • One-time volunteer commitment, or volunteer on as many occasions as you like
  • Program training (90 minutes)


  • A teacher will be present to help with classroom management
  • Volunteer solo, with a friend, or with another JA volunteer


  • New volunteers participate in a 90 minute training session at the JA office
  • For corporate volunteer days, we’ll bring program training to you!


  • Volunteer hours can often be applied toward designations and professional development
  • Work on your leadership, instructional, and public speaking skills
  • Unique team building activity