“I witnessed a life-changing experience for two poverty-stricken young men who were students at our school….after all, society expects certain males to drop out of high school and work in low-paying jobs. The students were victorious and took first place in the Milwaukee Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl and are now outstanding students at UW-Madison. They learned from the Bowl to compete and WIN!

- Milwaukee HS Teacher

On the ride home my students were filled with a buzz of excitement from the fun that they had today.  Immediately upon their return today they were talking about the experience with their peers and some were even promptly inspired to spend a couple hours after school tonight working with me on some accounting concepts to better understand course material prior to upcoming exams…your efforts will have an impact that will last a lifetime for many of the students in attendance today.”  

- Madison HS Teacher

“The information I received attending the Money Conference convinced me it was time to stop renting and buy my first home, and that’s just what I did.”

- Milwaukee Money Conference Attendee

“I’m so grateful that you took the time to come to our school and teach us about saving and investing. With what I know now I’m going to make investing in the stock market a priority when I’m old enough. Thank you Asset Builders.”

- PREP Participant

I wanted to share with you a success story from this past weekend’s Money Conference in Appleton.  As you know I have been part of the Fox Cities Money Conference for the past 5 years.  On the day of the event I contribute by discussing with attendees their credit report and explaining the current status of their credit history and score.  This year three attendees returned from prior years all with successful, positive changes on their report.  It is very encouraging to be part of this success and notice the changes that this conference is able to make in a relatively short time.”  

- Associated Bank Rep, Appleton WI

Asset Builder’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and self-determination of low and moderate income youth, families and communities through financial education and wealth building strategies.

We accomplish this mission through a combination of innovative, experiential programs and value-added collaboration with organizations that share Asset Builder’s vision.

2016/17 Calendar

October 25, 2016

9th Annual Wausau FICB Regional Tournament at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI


November 5, 2016                

14th Annual Fox Cities Money Conference at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI


November 19, 2016                

12th Annual Racine/Kenosha Money Conference at Racine Civic Leaders Academy in Racine, WI


December 6, 2016

9th Annual Racine/Kenosha FICB Regional Tournament at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI

December 13, 2016

2nd Annual Green Bay FICB Regional Tournament at Northeast Technical College in Green Bay, w

January 10, 2017

9th Annual Madison FICB Regional Tournament at Edgewood College in Madison, WI


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Is Your Child already a Victim of Identity Theft?

School is back in session and there are plenty of things about which parents are concerned, but is identity theft one of them?  Most adults are well aware of the dangers of identity theft and often take steps to protect themselves from this crime.  

But what about their children?  According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, children are 51 times more likely to be a victim of identity theft than adults.

But why would someone want to steal the identity of a child?  Children don’t have credit cards to be exploited or bank accounts to raid, but they do have Social Security numbers because their parents had to obtain one for the child in order to claim the child as a dependent on the parents’ income tax returns.  

Children also do not have debt or even credit reports at the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and Equifax.  

Armed with a child’s Social Security number, an identity thief can file a phony income tax return or establish credit and then exploit that credit without ever making payments, leaving the child with huge debt in his or her name.  

Often a child does not find out that he or she has become a victim of identity theft until he or she reaches the age of 18 and first applies for credit, a scholarship or an educational loan.