Project: Career & Budget Life Skills

Teacher: Jenny Prichard
School: Topeka West High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 04/07/2010
End Date: 05/14/2010
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We need mentors who have professional and/or personal interests in career planning and finance. Also willing to share personal experiences and advice with high school students of diverse backgrounds and varying knowledge of financial literacy.


This project will have students research about careers in order to complete their Family & Consumer Science portfolio related to Budget & Finance. Using the income information about their chosen career, students will learn about taxes, budgets, and spending. They will be required to purchase a a car and work clothes after figuring out their taxes and spendable income.


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. FACs Portfolio * Career & Income Research * Consumer Spending Attitude * Taxes & Budget Plan * Car & Work Clothes Spending Budget & plan 2. Student/Mentor Messages

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

1. FACs Porfoilo Rubric 2. Classroom Participation 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.