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Meet Lauren

As a program Ambassador, Lauren will be visiting high schools 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. Lauren 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 think that it is valuable knowledge that everyone should have access to.

What have you enjoyed most about delivering the program?

Watching the value of saving dawn on the students.

Why is financial literacy important to you?

I was a single mum and struggled to make ends meet at times. I made plenty of mistakes along the way that may have been avoided with more knowledge.

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

When I bought my first home as a single mum I had no idea as to what I was about to get into. At times it was tough financially but very rewarding.

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:

Express your interest

  • Parents can send this website to your child's school to inform them of the program: www.greater.com.au/uon 
  • High schools express their interest by emailing FinanceAcademy@newcastle.edu.au
  • The University of Newcastle will provide further information and coordinate all logistics with the school

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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