Youth Events/Programs2017-08-17T13:03:14+00:00

Youth Programs

Shark Tank Contest – High School Students

Shark Tank Youth Contest….Money Smart Style

Do you have what it takes to solve a problem with an innovative solution? In the Shark Tank Youth Contest, you will create a business plan and present to the local sharks.

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017shark-tank

Time: 9:30am-2:00pm

Place: MoneyWise Event  

Office of Financial Literacy-UMKC, Atterbury Success Center, 5000 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 


Bring a team of 4-5 high school students to the 3rd annual Money Smart KC Shark Tank!

How can your team develop a product or service that will not only solve the problem but change the way things are done? This will be your challenge…come up with a business plan that the Sharks will want to take a bite of!! Your team will have time onsite to create a business plan around a scenario that will be revealed that day.

  • Lunch and T-shirts will be provided for all team members.
  • $1000/team prize for 1st place and $500/team for 2nd place winners.
  • Laptops will be available for every team and cell phones are allowed during the competition. (Provided by Connecting for Good)
  • Competition is limited to the first 10 teams registered. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to “Get in the Tank with the Sharks!”

Contest sponsored by Central Bank of Kansas City. Questions: Sarah Cousineau –

Register by emailing Patty Palmer – and filling out registration below. 


Additional Youth Outreach

Teach Children to Save

Teach Children to Save is a national initiative created by the American Bankers Association that helps children understand the basics of personal finance through classroom visits and activities. The program enables the Federal Reserve Bank to partner with local financial institutions and other organizations to provide classroom-ready, literature-based lessons about savings and money management to area elementary students, kindergarten through third grade. In 2016, more than 170 volunteers visited 380 classrooms in 100 schools, reaching approximately 7,980 students throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Each visit includes a children’s story, a hands-on activity and takeaways for the students and their teachers. The story component of the lesson correlates to the reading requirement within elementary-level classrooms.


Your Piece of the Pie

In 2015, a group of federal, state and local organizations came together to pilot an entrepreneurship curriculum called Your Piece of the Pie for fifth grade students in five of Kansas City’s low- to moderate-income schools, as part of Kansas City’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). An interactive, project-based curriculum was designed using lessons developed by the Federal Reserve Bank as a foundation.

The lessons were co-developed by the Federal Reserve and the UMKC Office of Financial Literacy. Additional partners included the FDIC, KC SourceLink and the Mid-Continent Public Library.

This free program is now available to all 4th – 6th grade metro area classrooms and includes four, interconnected lessons (two teacher led and two volunteer led). The lessons utilize video, literature and the insight of community professionals to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and key skills such as relationship building and leadership. The curriculum culminates in the development and presentation of an original business plan idea that students create in cooperative groups. Through the lessons, students will also have the opportunity to demonstrate project-based success skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and English Language Arts competencies, including reading, writing, listening and presenting.


Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement shows students in Kansas City how money, careers, and business ownership work through the help of dedicated volunteer role models.  For just a few hours during the academic year, volunteers empower a student to understand how to make informed decisions about money, be prepared for that first job interview, learn how to start a business, and so much more.  We provide all of the training and curriculum proven to help children succeed in the real world.

Last year Junior Achievement served more than 21,243 students in the metro area, and we are continuing to expand our programming to serve a goal of 30,000 students by the end of the 2018 school year.

If interested in volunteering, please check out the volunteer tab

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