Over 45 years ago, WEA Member Benefits was created by Wisconsin educators for Wisconsin educators. Over that time, we have been helping Wisconsin public school employees and their families achieve their financial goals by providing personal insurance, retirement and investment, and financial planning programs that are designed specifically for the education community. Financial education is fundamental to our organization.
In 2010, Member Benefits created a financial literacy game for educators called Don't Be Jack. The game was designed to help Wisconsin public school employees secure their financial future by illustrating the advantages or consequences of certain financial actions. Working together in teams, each turn brings to life real financial principles that can impact players' financial goals.
Don't Be Jack is based on the story of Jack and Jill, who start out on equal footing—same school, same job, same salary—but very quickly their financial situations part ways. Jack makes choices that negatively impact his financial position and future, while Jill avoids common financial mistakes and gets on the fast track to a secure future.
In 2012, we received the coveted Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award from the Institute for Financial Literacy for the game. The award recognizes organizations that have shown exceptional innovation, dedication, and commitment to the field of financial literacy education.
We have long wanted to make Don't Be Jack available to Wisconsin public school students, and in 2019 we are extremely pleased to be able to offer it for free to high school classrooms throughout Wisconsin! With expert help from Erich Utrie (Jefferson Middle School) and Julie Woletz (UW-Whitewater), the game content has been modified to meet the Wisconsin Academic Standards for Personal Financial Literacy for Grades 9–12. They also evaluated and tweaked the game play, facilitators guide, and supporting materials to provide optimum flexibility to accommodate varying class schedules and educator styles.
We hope you find the Don't Be Jack High School Edition financial literacy game to be a positive addition to your classroom curriculum. If you have questions, please contact the Communications Department at 1-800-279-4030 or Communications@weabenefits.com.