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Money Managment Course

Many young people are growing up without any direction on how to navigate their way through the important decisions about how to handle their money. CAP Money Youth is designed to change all of that. It is a very simple but very affective money management course which has now been adapted for secondary school pupils.  

For a church member to deliver CAP Money Youth course would be a fantastic way to serve a local school and to reach out to the young people in the community

CAP Money Youth is based around a character called Sam who is about to head off to college and has to learn to budget for the first time.  As a group we work through Sam’s budget to see if we can help it to balance.  The course also looks to answer questions such as:

  • What does APR mean?
  • How much interest is on a store card?
  • What is bankruptcy and what happens when things go wrong?

The content has been received very positively by schools as it promotes and equips pupils with vital life skills identified in Curriculum for Excellence.  A CAP Money course takes around 3 hours and can be delivered in one or two sessions.  

How to get started?

  • Enquire if anyone in your congregation is interested in delivering CAP Money Youth or already has experience in this field.
  • CAP training course is required in order to deliver CAP Money.  This is an initial 1-day CAP training course (cost £45) followed by training in this youth version (cost £30). The hand-outs come in a PDF form which makes it easy to replicate.  
  • Get in touch with local schools and enquire about the possibility to deliver CAP Money Youth.

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Great ways to serve your school in 2016

There are many ways for Scottish churches to engage with their community and local schools. If you need inspiration for 2016, why not try some of the top ideas offered in 2015?

A great way to get stuck in is getting involved in or setting up an SU Group, aimed at creating a safe place where every pupil is welcomed and respected and where Christian values are modelled.

Alternatively, you can be part of an after school club. There are plenty opportunities such as a sports club or a drama club.

But it is not just the children and young people we can engage with, it is the whole school community. So why not, at the end of another academic year, say thank you with a lovely meal. On the topic of food, how about encouraging a healthy life style by means of a breakfast club encouraging the community to start the day healthy.

Last but certainly not least, we can pray for a school, on our own or as part of a prayer group.  So far over 50% of Scottish schools are registered as prayed for.  We would love to see that number go up in 2016!

For more information on working with a school, go to our Get Started section