We Empower Youth Every Day
“We highly recommend The Dollar Detectives. Our youth organization participated in the Skills for Life workshop, and it kept all the teenagers (both boys and girls) interested throughout the day!”
“Our kids gained real hands-on experience doing activities such as shopping for groceries on a budget and preparing a meal to take home. Thank you so much for this valuable workshop!”
“I’m set on helping my kids with a step-up of learning finances. This is the perfect way to give them the advantages and learning I never had. Can’t wait for the next set of classes.”
In Our Community
At a time when:
1 in 6 Canadians say their monthly spending exceeds their income
1 in 4 Canadians borrow to buy food or pay for daily expenses
Less than 1 in 5 Canadians report having strong financial literacy skills, while 2 in 5 rate their knowledge as poor
We teach youth:
Budgeting basics, needs versus wants, and the trade-offs of instant gratification
How to shop on a budget, prepare healthy meals and plan for basic expenses
The value of money, goal setting, and how to be an excellent custodian of their money
We are proud to be led by Guirlene Joseph, an Accredited Financial Counsellor of Canada (AFCC) and a woman of Afro-Heritage background with lived experience as a newcomer to Canada.
We are also proud that:
- Our Board of Directors is 75% women, 50% visible minorities and 75% are newcomers.
- Our current team is 50% women, 75% visible minorities and 50% are newcomers.
To serve all communities through targeted programming and financial support, we engage and support youth from vulnerable and underserved populations. These Equity Deserving Groups include:
- Socio-economically Disadvantaged
- Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit or Metis Families and Organizations
- Gender and Sexual Minorities
- New Canadians, Immigrants and Culturally Diverse Communities
- Persons Living with a Mental Health Condition
- Geographically Diverse (rural, remote, reservations)
As a certified Social Enterprise with a self-generated revenue model, we have reduced our dependence on government funding. We are committed to keeping our administration costs at or below 10% and we re-invest all remaining profits back into the organization.
We are and will always be a Living Wage Employer.
Ways to Support:
Sponsor a program or event and send a powerful message about your organization’s commitment to youth financial literacy and independence.
G.I.F.T. a registration to one of our programs to a deserving youth in your life or ask us to allocate it for you. Either way, you are supporting our next generation in their journey to become self-reliant and financially secure.