Programs for Kids
Since 2004, Fifth Third has offered a financial literacy program that reaches children at an early age to teach them about the importance of good education, finances and personal responsibility. The Young Bankers Club (YBC) is geared toward fifth-grade elementary school students, offering a customized curriculum that meets local and state educational standards for mathematics.
More than 7,000 students have graduated from Young Bankers Club since its inception. YBC teaches kids the basics about money, including what it is and how people get it, the importance of saving and how education and career choices affect their future.
Young Bankers Club was re-launched as a new program in 2012, featuring an updated, revised and expanded curriculum. It also incorporates more real-world activities and an interactive video game challenge for students. The program is taught inside school classrooms, often by a Fifth Third Bank employee mentor. YBC can also be tailored to be taught by the teacher, and can be taught as a five- or 10-week program, or adapted to meet a teacher’s own lesson plans. YBC includes special field trips to a Fifth Third Banking or Operations Center.
After completing the program, students earn a certificate of completion and are able to:
- Identify what money is.
- Understand the difference between wants and needs.
- Make basic money calculations.
- Explore various careers and how much income they can earn.
- Learn the basics of the stock market.
- Understand the operations of a bank branch or financial center.
- Create budgets and study spending.
- Examine interest and credit cards.
- Practice managing a bank account.
- Learn how to create a business plan for a small business.