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From opening a first bank account and trading in real markets, to moving out of care and into independent living, MyBnk’s financial education workshops and enterprise experiences pack a BIG punch!

See below for case studies, enterprise stories, and outcomes from the frontline of our expert-led workshops for young people in schools and youth organisations. We hear from young people, PSHE and Citizenship teachers and youth workers.

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The penny drops - Brampton Manor School - Noyan 16

Student finance and budgeting are not compulsory on the National Curriculum for sixth formers, and many teachers lack the expertise to teach it. See what happened four months after our intervention. Supported by CALC.

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“MyBnk changed my life” – Queens Park Rangers FC – Matt, 18

For young people on zero-hour contracts, the unpredictability of income means their margins are much thinner than of those in full time employment.. See how we helped Matt to take control.

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“Before I met MyBnk, money was just something I spent, nothing else. As soon as I had it, it was gone. " - Prendergast Vale School - Noura, 12

Six months after our experts’ intervention, see how we helped young people develop a savings habit, change their attitudes to spending and examine the desire for instant gratification.

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Zero in the bank and borrowing from friends – Haringey Leaving Care - Tayo, 17 & Sharon, 19

See how our experts helped young single mothers and care leavers get on top of their finances and become digitally literate.

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From 'wheeler dealer' to market trader - Barnet Council - Rafe, 13

“Shhhh, I’m on the phone to the suppliers, we won’t sound pro!” See how we turned teens into traders in one week.

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Connecting the macroeconomics to the micro – minimum wage and spotting the deal - Sholing Technology College & Noadswood School - Johnny, 14 & Jenny, 11

Understanding employment rights and becoming a savvy shopper. We start them young and bring money to life with our Money Twist workshop!

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Turning young people onto enterprise - Forest Hill School - T.Jones, 15

Fewer young people are considering starting their own enterprise. Our social enterprise challenge see young people get the business bug by doing it for real!

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"I’ve always had the aspiration to go to but haven’t had the support of confidence to do it!" - St. Saviours & St. Olave’s School - Aliyah, 16

See how we helped a Lower Sixth Former make an informed decision on going to university through expert-led financial education.

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Financially and digitally excluded, no more - Young Women's Resource Centre - Juanita, 22

Juanita is a mother of two, and because of her past association with financial fraud, no bank will allow her to open an account. MyBnk were on hand to detoxify her relationship with money.

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Fostering a savings culture in age of low interest rates - La Retraite Catholic School for Girls - Becky, 13

Curbing spending, starting saving and seeking employment. We kick start young money minds with our flagship financial education programme Money Twist!

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From technophobe to online banker! - Lewisham Council: Neet Traineeship - Raheem 17

Some of the results of our new digital literacy / financial capability programme with Lloyds Go-ON UK project with DotEveryOne.

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The boomerang generation - Uxbridge College - Ahmad, 19

Confidence, spending and money bad habits. Ahmad has just left home and wants to make sure he does not have to go back! We teach him the money skills he needs to live independently. MyBnk also catches up with him six months later to see how his personal finances have changed!

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Developing enterprise skills with practical business experiences - Enterprise-in-a-Box - Evelyn Grace Academy - Vicky 14, Sabrina & Kadzia, 15

More employers want 'real-life' business experience from their young candidates. See how MyBnk helped three students put rocket boosters on their fledgling CVs!

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“Today, someone is coming in to talk to you about personal and public finance.” George Mitchell Secondary School - Afeet, 11

80% of pupils want financial education lessons to be more interactive. Afeet, like many in his class, has never learnt about money in school. He recognises terms but struggles when probed on their meaning or application. Discover how we bring money to life for his class.

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72% of UK young offenders re-offend within one year. Money cited as the prime motivator - HMP ISIS Young Offenders Institution - TS, 24

After representing England at boxing aged nine, TS was kicked out of school on becoming a teenager. He then turned to, as he describes it “road life, because I wanted money”.

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No need for a drama over student finance - Bishop Grant Thomas School - Frederick, 17

Like thousands of other students, Frederick is concerned about getting into debt at university. Uni Dosh was there to show him and his fellow students how to manage their finances to avoid the debt trap. We also caught up with him a year later to see how his personal finances have changed!

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A lack of soft skills will cost the UK economy £8.4 billion per year by 2020 - Tomorrow's People - Tina, 24

48% of NEETs have no experience of paid employment and they often show soft skills deficits. Tina got an interview and a job after our sessions!

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A distrust of banks, a struggle to save - Spurs Foundation - Javed, 17

A young care leaver gains the skills knowledge and confidence to start saving for the first time. We also catch up with him six months later to see how his personal finances have changed!

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"Saving's the last thing on my mind..." - Essex Boy's & Girls Club - Georgina, 16

18-25 year olds reckon they will retire with savings of £95,000, despite around three fifths not even starting to put money towards their pension yet.

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Changing attitudes and behaviours towards money - Caius House Youth Centre - Rihanna, 11

Young people’s attitudes towards money are set by the age of seven, according to recent studies. The years after are critical in preventing perception, becoming habit.

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Merging enterprise and mentoring - Workspace - Emmanuel, 19

MyBnk helped young people at XLP gain valuable enterprise and leadership skills going from drawingboard to marketplace in just four days

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Young people in the UK have an increasing spending power, We teach them how to control it - Bexley College - Monique, 19

A single mother, Monique is learning to drive and believes she is good with money. However, when she took part in the MyBnk “Demotivator” activity...

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90% of small businesses think school leavers do not possess the required skills to enter the workplace - CONEL - Whahida, 19

When the different roles and responsibilities were divided up, Whahida had little confidence in her skills and was unsure about what she would could contribute to the team...

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Saving. How do I choose a bank for me? - La Retraite Catholic School for Girls - Saskia 13

Savings are at a 40 year low and truncated interest rates offer little incentives for young people to stash their cash - this is where MyBnk steps in.

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Bills, bills, bills - Hounslow Leaving Care - Julie, 18

Just four months since leaving care, single mother Julie is living on her own for the first time. She is already in debt....

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Battling Youth Unemployment - St. Giles Trust - Ricky, 18

MyBnk brought Business Battle, an education challenge, to St. Giles Trust to help young people learn how to realise their business dreams.

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Boosting confidence using social enterprise - Kids Company - Sharlene, 24

Sharlene already had some experience working with others and in media. However, she was quick to admit she lacked some vital skills, and this project was going to take her out of her “comfort zone”.

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Dealing with the costs of University - LSE CHOICE - Elizabeth, 17

MyBnk step in to help students of the LSE CHOICE programme deal with the costs of university.

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Spending, needs v wants and careers - Heartlands School - Reece, 13

From the minimum wage to money habits. See how we are preparing young people for their financial futures.

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Cutting Back on Bad Spending - City Gateway

When Sam took part in the MyBnk “Demotivator” activity, which works out cumulative spending on a regular item, like coffee, he found out he was spending £1,200 a year on clothes alone.

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Hey, Mind Your Own Business - Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

MyBnk is expanding its enterprise education offering and piloting a new programme, Mind Your Own Business, with a dozen young Business Studies students at the Peter Jones Academy – North Hertfordshire College.

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Managing the extra costs of being a young parent - St. Michael’s Fellowship - Betty, 20

Over three weeks, MyBnk were on hand, delivering specialised survival money management sessions.

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Mastering money, experiencing enterprise - Helping young people - IntoUniversity

IntoUniversity is one of 260 intermediaries that MyBnk trainers have helped by embedding expert financial and enterprise education into their existing programmes.

As part of our work with IntoUniversity we have armed 114 teenagers with key money management skills and brought several enterprise ideas to market.

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Getting out of Debt - Tower Hamlet's Young Parent Group - Kraysha, 23

Single parent 21 year old Chloe took out a £65 pay day loan as a drastic measure to buy nappies.

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Uni debt / Uni reality - Crest Academy - Isha, 17

Before our session Isha was 70/30 against going to university because she does not want to be in debt - what happened after?

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Young care leavers learn to prioritise their needs - E18HTEEN, Spurs Foundation - Fabrice, 20

20 year old Fabrice is a young care leaver and aspiring mechanic, struggling to get by on his modest monthly allowance. Money Works helped him work out a budget to help him manage his money more effectively.

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Young entrepreneurs learn, that sales pitch is key - Forest Gate Community School

Bethany and Jessica, both 12, from Forest Gate Community school made a huge £186 profit after being equipped with some entrepreneurial skills through our Enterprise-in-a -box programme.

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Learning that income is not a barrier to university education - Motiv8

To go to university, or not? That’s the £53,000 question. MyBnk was on hand to help youths understand and cope with the true cost of university life.

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First Enterprise Experience - Bethnal Green Tech

MyBnk on hand to bring enterprise ideas to life for 6 students with the help of law firm Allen & Overy.

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"A new respect for money" : A 15-year-old Business Battler doubles his dough - Enfield Youth Services

Sekai has always thought about starting his own business but needed help with his customer service skills and confidence.

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Young mothers plan for their future- Redbridge Leaving Care

Like all young mothers, Anna-kay and Emma worry about providing for their children. Money Works identified some bad financial decisions and helped them to better manage their finances and avoid debt.

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Managing, aiding the transition to independent living - Harrow Leaving Care & Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers

Keeping track of spending is one of the hardest things about staying solvent, secure and stable. Here, MyBnk were coming at just the right time.

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Understanding true costs of uni life , Tolu, 17 - LSE Outlook

Sixth Former, Tolu wants to be an investment banker and next year he'll be dealing with higher tuition fees. MyBnk helps him and other on LSE's Wider Participation programme understand the new costs of university life.

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From MyBnker to Youth Advisory Panellist

Ali was introduced to MyBnk while attending a Prince’s Trust course at City of Westminster College. “MyBnk was running a bank at the college and I became involved in that,” explained Ali...

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Earning, entrepreneurship - Leaders in Community

MyBnk were called in by a youth empowerment group in Tower Hamlets to help Raju and Alimuz, both 15, get their bike enterprise off the ground...

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