Financial Literacy Project

What is the Financial Literacy Project?

  • The Financial Literacy Project is a partnership project with the Access to Justice Institute and Middle College High School, which is located on the Seattle University Campus.
  • The Financial Literacy Project helps prepare students to be "real-world ready", particularly given the ever rising costs of education, the prevalence of credit card scams targeting young people, and a general lack of knowledge about interest rates and budgets.
  • SU Law students help facilitate group activities and teach, using a curriculum developed by CENTS and the Federal Trade Commission.

How Does the Financial Literacy Project Work?

  • SU law students teach weekly financial literacy classes to Middle College High School students, covering topics such as credit reporting, opening a bank account, and renters rights.
  • Law students work with students in both large and small group settings, leading group activities and lessons.
  • Classes are held at Middle College High School, located on the Seattle University campus.

Why Should Law Students Get Involved?

    • Learn more about consumer rights.
    • Develop leadership skills through program management and youth mentorship.
    • Get experience collaborating with many different partners including youth, teachers, and lawyers.
    • Develop public speaking and teaching skills through in-class instruction.
    • What Kind of Commitment Do Law Students Need to Make to Be Involved?
    • Students must commit to approximately 1.5-2 hours per week from Feb 7 - March 14 and April 4-25, 
    • Attend (or view online) one 2-hour training.

How Do I Apply and Who Do I Contact For More Information?

  • Contact Patricia Sully, Assistant Director of the Access to Justice Institute at sullyp@seattleu.edu, to express interest in volunteering or with any questions.

Amy Pritchard '09, and Stacey Lara, Center for Professional Development