Money Matters


BNY Mellon and Salford Foundation have developed a project that equips young people aged 8 to 19 with skills and experiences that they can use in both financial industries and their personal lives. The project provides a range of skills days that caters to all young people.

The new project is responding to its funder’s global philanthropic objectives:

  • Supporting the economic and financial empowerment of people in need to power a more inclusive and innovative ecosystem by advancing access to capital, markets, business networks, technology, training and equal protection under the law.

  • To invest in education and curricula that focuses on developing the workforce of the future or supports the re-training, re-skilling or re-tooling of people.

The project is split into two tiers; each tier offers different workshops aimed at different age groups to improve these young people’s skills and generate interest from them. Following is a breakdown of both tiers offered by the Inspired to Aspire Money Matters programme.

Top Trader
Suitable for students aged 11-19
BNY Mellon has creatively invented a way to engage students with real working skills learnt in school. Top Trader is a fun and interactive activity giving an insight into: stocks and shares, commodities, currencies and the financial markets. Top Trader provides each team with a number of fictional business days, where they can invest their cash, buy and sell a wide range of assets, make profit or lose thousands. Students get a real chance to develop their financial awareness, decision making and team work.

Money for Life
Suitable for students aged 16-19
"60% of young people aren’t taught money management skills at school" due to this UK Youth have developed the Money for Life programme. Money for Life empowers young people to feel confident and start talking openly about money through fun and interactive activities. The programme is split over four modules that focuses on areas such as: wage slips and bank statements, budgeting, living independently and credit scores. The programme runs over one full day with a range of different skills developed such as team work, confidence building and problem solving.

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