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Meet Steph

As a program Ambassador, Steph 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. Steph explains why she got involved what she’s enjoying most about being part of the program.
Why is financial literacy important to you?

I want to see people of all walks of life make the most of their finances, have the knowledge to make decisions that won’t affect them financially ongoing, that is, to avoid the cycle of debt that I constantly see in my position at the bank (and have seen in my personal life). It’s heartbreaking seeing people struggle and not know how to overcome their situation. The best way to prevent this is to educate people.

I want to see the students make smarter decisions, not only now, but when they finish high school and begin in the workforce. I feel they need the knowledge prior to them turning 18 and before they go and apply for credit, end up indebted over their heads, or ruin their credit score for the years to come.

What have you enjoyed most about delivering the program?

I have enjoyed seeing the kids take an interest in the class, and participate in the savings and loan calculators associated with the different activities.  But mostly, I’m proud that we have been able to educate the students so they can make informed decisions in the future.

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

My parents always instilled good savings habits in me. I worked hard, saved the majority, and always budgeted from a young age, but that didn’t last long when I went in to a relationship with someone who didn’t have the same financial literacy as myself. Luckily I was able to keep our heads above water but it could have easily ended very differently if I didn’t have that knowledge. After moving on from that, I knew I was always going to be passionate about helping others to be financially educated.

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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