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Building Your Future Financial Literacy curriculum resource- a 2010 Award winner!

Updated in 2013 to Include book 4!

2010 EIFLE Award

The Actuarial Foundation has released Building Your Future, an engaging and relevant financial literacy curriculum, to U.S. high schools. Building Your Future is designed to help teens master the foundational elements of personal finance and prepare for life on their own.

Building Your Future helps students easily grasp the essentials of personal finance, gives them multiple opportunities to practice core skills and showcases the real-world impact of the financial decisions they make. All four of the Building Your Future books are classroom ready with a Teacher's Guide including handouts, answer keys, instruction and assessment suggestions, definitions and resources that align with National Council of Teacher of Mathematics and JumpStart.

The 2013 update addresses developing trends, such as the use of smart phones in banking and the increasing risk of identity theft, and to reflect the current tax and interest rate environment.  Teachers were surveyed for content suggestions and based on their feedback, Building Your Future: Book 4, Succeeding was developed.  This latest book focuses on the important decisions students make early on in their adult lives such as paying for college, choosing a career and making a living.


Get Your Free Individual Set of Materials - Just Ask!

Thanks to a generous donation from the New York Life Foundation, the Foundation is providing free individual sets of materials to U.S. high school for a limited time.

To get your free materials, please click here and complete the request form.

To get on the list for a donated classroom set of materials (25 student books, 1 set of teacher guides), please

click here and complete the request form. You will be notified as soon as the Foundation finds a donor to provide you with a classroom set.

Download the Materials

To help teachers incorporate these materials into their instruction, the Foundation is making Building Your Future available in PDF format at no cost. However, if you wish to purchase the materials, as a nonprofit organization the Foundation is able to provide printed copies of the booklets at a break-even cost of just $2.50 per booklet. To order copies of the Building Your Future curriculum resources, use the order form at the link below. For your convenience, the Foundation accepts school purchase orders.


Topics include; savings accounts,

checking accounts, credit cards, taxes

Teacher's Guide Book 1

Student Book 1



Topics include; loans and interest, home

loans, auto loans, insurance

Teacher's Guide Book 2

Student Book 2


Topics include; bonds, stocks, mutual funds,

risk and diversification, inflation

Teacher's Guide Book 3

Student Book 3


Topics include; paths to employment,

paying for education, making a living, retirement

Teacher's Guide Book 4

Student Book 4


Click here to order Building Your Future


Click here to read the Forum article on Building Your Future


Click here to view all the math resources available from the Foundation


Actuaries! Download the BYF Classroom Guide here

Bring the award-winning Building Your Future to a high school near you.  Use this step-by-step guide to connect with students and ensure a successful classroom visit. 

The Actuarial Foundation wishes to thank our 2014 - 2015 corporate sponsors whose generosity has provided donated sets of Building Your Future to schools across the country.