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Meet Cath

As a program Ambassador, Cath, will be visiting high schools on the Central Coast in the coming months to use her real-life banking experience to deliver practical and relevant content around money management, savings strategies and how to make informed financial decisions. Cath explains why she got involved and what she's enjoying most about being part of the program.
What prompted you to become a Financial Academy Ambassador?

I am involved in a number of community partnerships within Greater Bank. I was approach to see if I would be interested and I jumped at the opportunity. To be able to help educate the young people of today is so important.

Why is financial literacy important to you?

Too often as lenders in the business do we hear the incorrect information of “you need to get a credit card to get a credit score” or people not realising that Buy Now Pay Later services like ZipPay impact their credit file.

By providing these life lessons early on we are hopefully setting up young people to have a good relationship with their finances.

What have you enjoyed most about delivering the program?

The level of engagement! From the younger grades to year 12 they’re still engaged and asking questions. The questions vary given age - as does the way we present. This is needed to keep it as valid and relatable to the age group we have in front of us.

What was your financial literacy ‘ah-ha’ moment?

I have a daughter who I will be teaching these lessons to and it’s easy for me as I’m in the industry. I want to be able to set as many kids up as I can with this knowledge and give them the best head start to their future.

Want to get involved?

Want one of the Finance Academy Ambassadors to visit your teenager's high school for FREE to develop their financial literacy skills? Here's how you can encourage your school to get involved in the Greater Bank Finance Academy:

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Content is Supplied

  • The University of Newcastle will supply all lesson content to the teacher. This includes 4 core lessons, plus up to 3 electives chosen at school's discretion
  • Teachers deliver lessons 1 and 3, plus any electives chosen

UoN and Greater Bank visit your school

  • University of Newcastle and Greater Bank Ambassadors present lessons 2 and 4
  • Ambassadors challenge students to think differently and provide real world examples of financial literacy in action!

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