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Financial education

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Financial education

Financial education

Financial education has always been part of our mission and social responsibility priorities. With people saving less and spending more, financial education has become a societal issue.

Money issues have an impact on all aspects of people’s lives as well as businesses. Through its many educational initiatives, Desjardins supports all consumers to help them make sound choices.

In terms of financial education, Desjardins has a long history of community partnerships with schools and community organizations. This translates into a concerted effort to encourage people to take charge of their financial situation.

Learn more about our educational role.

School caisses

In collaboration with Quebec and Ontario elementary schools, Desjardins offers the school caisse, a savings education program. Introduced more than 100 years ago by Desjardins Group founder Alphonse Desjardins, the school caisse initiates children ages 5 to 11 to savings and responsible spending, in addition to encouraging their financial independence.

To instill in children a strong and ongoing sense of belonging to their school and community, school caisses provide them with the means to put into practice the values of cooperation.

Learn more about the school caisse.

Charly and Max Get Involved

The Charly and Max Get Involved interactive game is an entertaining universe that helps children ages 6 to 11 manage their first dollars and adopt sound financial and cooperative habits.

The game features:

  • a web series of more than 40 episodes
  • mini-games
  • quizzes
  • surveys

Learn more about Charly and Max Get Involved.

Student caisse

Desjardins is also active in high schools through the student caisse extracurricular project. This group entrepreneurship project is administered by volunteer students with the collaboration of a teacher and operates with the supervision of a local Desjardins caisse. The student caisse offers financial services (withdrawals, deposits, balance enquiry) and financial education support to students and their associations.

Learn more about the student caisse.

Youth financial education

This section contains more than a hundred tools for parents and teachers of children ages 6 to 17. Articles, videos and activities help them with their financial and cooperative education process.

See Youth financial education.

Personal Finance: I'm in Charge educational program

This educational program is primarily intended for youths ages 16 to 25 and newcomers of all ages. The program was borne out of a partnership that involves the expertise of consumer associations, a carrefour-jeunesse emploi, private and public organizations and Desjardins. Divided into 16 tailored modules of 2 hours each, it provides an impartial look at young people's first financial decisions to help them make informed, responsible choices.

The program is presented in communities and schools on an impartial basis by Desjardins-certified trainers from community organizations that have struck a partnership with local caisses.

Learn more about Personal Finance: I'm in Charge.

Young Intern Officer Program

Desjardins has created a program of internships on a caisse Board of Directors or Board of Supervision. Each year, this program sees nearly 200 young people aged 35 or younger learn about managing a company, reading financial statements, sound governance, risk management, etc.

In addition, these interns have free access to a training program on know-how and governance for the roughly 5,700 administrators and supervision officers elected within the Desjardins Group.

Desjardins offers several financial products and services that also have an educational element, such as Desjardins Mutual Assistance Funds, CRÉAVENIR and Desjardins Microcredit to Businesses.

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Desjardins offers online tools that can help you manage your business projects:

  • Billing and Expense Tracker
  • Desjardins interactive business plan
  • Desjardins interactive marketing plan
  • Are you ready to go global?

See Tools and tips for your company

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