Project: Budget & Finance

Teacher: Jenny Prichard
School: Topeka West High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 11/12/2009
End Date: 11/30/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We have a number of students who express interests in having mentors who are in the medical and military fields. We need mentors who have professional and personal interests in finance (money) and personal finance. Also mentors who are willing to share personal experiences and advice about personal finance with high school students of diverse backgrounds and varying knowledge of financial literacy. *Note* This is a very unique project and ask for your understanding and your input. This is a test model of a two-week project, becuase we have teachers in the Topeka area who are interested in doing Telementoring but would like a shorter project model to use. If you have any questions or suggestions in how to improve the two-week model project, please contact Linda, the Telementor Coordinator at LUN@KU.EDU or


This is a fast and condensed Telementoring project on Personal Budget, understanding paychecks and taxes as part of the Family & Consumer Science curriculum. Previously, students learned about international finance and money and currently invovled in stock and bond investing. Before this project begins, students did research on careers and income. They already have chosen a career they are interested in and are now applying the income information to complete their Consumer Skills Portfolio.


1. FACs Curriculum: Personal Finance Life Skills 2. Computer/Technology Skills 3. Communication/Cooperation Skills 4. Independent Learning Skills



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Family & Consumer Science

Student Outcomes:

1. Career based Paycheck & Budget Portfolio activities -Personal Consumer Behaviors -Your Paycheck & Taxes -Per Cent Budget

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

1. Career-based Rubric Budget/Paycheck Activties 2. Rubric for Student/Mentor Messages 3. Mentor Input

Teacher Role:

The teacher is the facillitator of the project. The teacher will communicate with mentors on a weekly basis regarding the project. The teacher is the final project evaluator input will be provided by mentor and student). The teacher will complete all other duties as required by the ITP.

Mentor Role:

To provide information to the student as requested by the teacher or student. To help students understand personal finance and apply essential budgeting skills. To keep teacher informed when there is a problem or concern.