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Global Money Week: Empowering Financial Futures

Global Money Week (GMW) is an annual worldwide campaign that emphasizes the importance of early financial awareness among young people. It focuses on gradually developing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors essential for making wise financial decisions, ultimately leading to financial well-being and resilience.

At David Lerner Associates, we believe that planting the seeds of financial wisdom in the minds of children and youth can foster a forest of fiscal responsibility and savvy investment strategies. GMW goes beyond mere celebration; it’s an educational crusade to empower our future leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the financial world confidently.

When is Global Money Week 2024?

Mark your calendars for March 18-24, as these dates mark the celebration of Global Money Week. This special week provides an excellent opportunity for young people to dive into the world of finance, learning concepts that will aid them throughout their lives. David Lerner Associates proudly supports this initiative, recognizing its significance in cultivating financially literate youth.

History of Global Money Week

Global Money Week began in 2012 as a vision to illuminate the path of financial literacy for young people worldwide.

Initially a small, European-centric event, it has since grown into an influential global movement, reflecting the increasing importance of early financial education in building a foundation for economic stability and prosperity.

“The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Network on Financial Education (INFE) are in charge of organizing GMW,” says Michael Norton, Senior Vice President of Investments at David Lerner Associates, Inc.

INFE assists policymakers and public authorities in developing and executing national strategies for financial education. They also support individual financial education programs and propose innovative approaches to improve financial literacy in partner countries.

Since its inception in 2012, Global Money Week has impacted over 53 million children and young people across 176 countries globally.

Who Gets Involved in Global Money Week?

GMW is a symphony of diverse participants – schools, youth organizations, financial institutions, and non-profits, all uniting with a common goal: to educate our youth about money.

It’s an occasion for students to engage with financial experts and educators to share valuable resources and for organizations like ours to impart financial wisdom to the younger generation.

This inclusive and collaborative approach is crucial in making financial learning a universal right.

Global Money Week Participation Ideas

  1. Educational Workshops and Interactive Classes: Tailored sessions for various age groups can delve into essential financial topics. Younger kids might engage in activities focusing on the concept of saving through stories, while teenagers could explore budgeting and basic investing principles. Incorporating interactive elements like role-playing scenarios or group discussions can make learning fun and memorable.
  2. School-based Financial Competitions: Integrating financial concepts into quizzes, essay contests, and interactive games can make learning about money exciting and competitive. For example, quizzes could cover basic financial terms, essay contests could explore the importance of saving, and games could simulate real-life financial scenarios. These activities encourage active participation and deepen students’ understanding of finance.
  3. Role-play and Simulation Games: Through activities like mock stock trading or budget management exercises, students get a taste of real-world financial decision-making. These simulations offer hands-on experience in managing finances, understanding market fluctuations, and making informed decisions, all within a controlled, risk-free environment.
  4. Youth-led Financial Awareness Campaigns Activities such as mock stock trading or budget management exercises provide students with hands-on experience in real-world financial decision-making within a risk-free environment. These simulations help students understand market fluctuations and make informed financial decisions.
  5. Family-oriented Financial Planning Workshops: Workshops involving students and their families in financial planning can be highly effective. Covering topics like household budgeting and saving for college encourages open discussions about money and establishes healthy financial habits at home.
  6. Expert Talks and Career Days: Introducing students to financial professionals provides valuable insights into the finance world and inspires career considerations. Interactive sessions allow students to ask questions and receive real-world advice, fostering interest and understanding.
  7. Digital Learning Platforms and Online Resources: Leveraging technology, these platforms can offer a range of resources like educational videos, interactive games, and e-books on financial topics. Apps can provide bite-sized lessons on financial concepts, while social media platforms can host live Q&A sessions, webinars, or discussion forums to engage the youth in a familiar digital environment.
  8. Collaboration with Youth-Friendly Financial Institutions: Partnering with banks and credit unions committed to youth financial education provides practical insights into everyday banking services. Institutions can offer tours, workshops, or interactive sessions explaining banking operations and responsible banking practices.
  9. Community Outreach Programs: Engaging the wider community in financial education through local events and initiatives helps raise awareness. Programs could include setting up information booths at community events or organizing financial literacy workshops for various groups.
  10. Financial Literacy Art and Creative Projects: Encouraging students to express their understanding of financial concepts through art, music, or drama makes learning relatable and enjoyable. Projects like creating posters about saving money or writing songs about budgeting can foster creativity.


As we gear up for Global Money Week 2024, we at David Lerner Associates are excited about igniting a passion for financial literacy in the hearts and minds of our youth.

This week is not just an event; it’s a stepping stone towards a future where our children are equipped with the financial knowledge and skills they need to thrive.

Join us in this vital mission to educate and empower the next generation of financially savvy citizens.

Material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to be used in connection with the evaluation of any investments offered by David Lerner Associates, Inc. These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable– we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.

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