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August 9, 2018 • By

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Last Updated: August 9, 2018

woman writing on tableWith so many students gone for the summer, teachers may now have time to prepare a different kind of lesson plan. Help students prepare a better future for themselves with practical knowledge about financial planning. There’s no better time to let young people know that the younger they start saving, the easier it will be to reach their goals.

Let us introduce you to the Social Security Educator Toolkit. This is a rich resource for teachers and advocates. Our Information for Educators page contains a toolkit with information and resources to educate and engage students on Social Security. It includes:

  • Two lesson plans with objectives;
  • Infographics and handouts for each lesson plan;
  • Links to Social Security webpages;
  • Talking points; and
  • Quiz questions and answers.

It’s important for students to understand why Social Security was created and why it is essential to their lives today and in the future. This knowledge and understanding will provide students a strong base on which to build their financial future.

You can access the webpage and toolkit today.

Young workers can also see how Social Security directly relates to them at our students website.

Getting young people excited about saving can be a somewhat abstract subject. Let them know their dreams can be achieved with thoughtful planning and a bit of discipline. Social Security is securing today and tomorrow with your help and the help of today’s educated youth.

We’re also always here for you if you need information about programs and benefits. Visit us anytime.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. mehidal a.

    my social security numper is *** – ** – *** please helful iam citezen mass stade

  2. Cynthia S.

    We have been waiting for my sons card and still have not gotten it.

    • Vonda V.

      Cynthia, we apologize for the inconvenience. For security reasons, we do not have access to information about your son’s Social Security card application in this venue. Typically, after we receive the application and verify the documents, you can expect to receive the card in the mail within 10 – 14 business days. Unfortunately, if you have not received the card by then, you need to go back into the office where you filed your application. When you go, take the documents you originally presented as evidence.

  3. Jake

    Thank you Social Security. This is most interesting. Also thank you for creating a website that is not only packed with helpful information, but very accessible on the Mac with Apple’s screen reader and other assistive technology. My apologies in advance if this isn’t the place for what I’m about to ask. But on July 12 of this year I met with somebody at my local Social Security office, and asked if she could help create an online account for me. She said yes and that a Braille activation code would be sent to me. But I haven’t received it and am wondering what the next step is in the process, or if I just need to wait patiently and it will arrive with my Medicare card? Your website says that these activation codes are needed in order to log in. Thank you in advance for anyone’s assistance with this.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your kind words, Jake. For assistance with your my Social Security account, call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk” or contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  4. Bill

    I wish you were more concern with the teachers.. When we retire are faced with dealing with WEP…Is there a way that is not readily known about?? Thanks for any input you can give to civil servants ..

  5. Jane S.

    My name is Jane Satterlee. My number is 1-405-604-7316. A judgement was made on my disability case in February of 2017. I was awarded a significant amount of backpay at that hearing. Since then, I have been told multiple, multiple times that I am awaiting 1 more signature in order for my money to be released to me, and that it is “stuck” in a processing center. I have called Social Security MULTIPLE times and received basically a different answer each time as to where the money is, what stage it is in, etc. I go back to my Judge in February of 2019 for a status update on my case, and I’m afraid I’ll be informing him that I have not seen one penny of the money he awarded me two years ago. I would just like a straight answer from someone. I know that my attorney has already been paid, so I know the money is out there and available. If someone could PLEASE respond, it would be IMMENSELY appreciated; you don’t even know. It has been a long time coming. Thank you for listening and for your assistance.
    Jane Satterlee

    • Ray F.

      We apologize for the long wait, Jane. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation.
      Also, you can write to us or send us an email message. Thanks.

  6. ANN E.

    When will I get my card?

  7. carols

    So let me understand this, you are asking “teachers”, who may be victims of the Gov Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and receive no Social Security Spousal or Retirement benefits to praise the benefits of Social Security. The teachers will probably tell their students not to become teachers!

    BTW: 82% of GPO/WEP victims are WOMEN!

    • Sad ?.

      Based on the way teachers are often treated in today’s society, I suspect that many would tell their students to look at more “rewarding” careers. As for Social Security, I am glad it was there when I was forced out of the classroom at the ripe old age of 60, simply because I could be replaced by someone younger and cheaper.

      • PAM

        “REPEAL: WEP AND GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET ! AMERICAN WIDOWED WOMEN WHO TEACH…NEED THEIR SOC SEC …..SURVIVOR BENEFITS….TO AVOID POVERTY !!!” Support: HR 1205, S 915, John Larson’s HR 1902 and Linda Sanchez’s POWR HR 1583. NANCY ALTMAN…needs to be in CHARGE of Soc Security !!! She knows and shares…the TRUTH !!!

  8. Marc

    Bravo! Every American should be aware of the major accomplishments our government has achieved over the last 50 years, both towards ensuring that our Constitutionally guaranteed rights are protected and ensuring the welfare of every citizen. How many people argue passionately about their 2nd Amendment rights but against anything that provides a benefit to the public’s basic needs? It’s in the Preamble in black and white, the original source of our government, “to provide for the common welfare.” Social Security, the most successful program ever established by our government, was created in accordance with that guarantee, to ensure that every American would have at least the minimum basic human needs for survival after they can no longer work to provide for themselves – food, shelter, clothing, etc, in their later years of life or profound medical catastrophe should end their work life. Our problem today is that people argue against what they don’t understand; believing what they’re told by those opposed to programs benefiting the people. If they knew what these programs really were about, how and why they were created and how they work, they’d recognize when they’re being manipulated or deceived. I urge everyone who interacts with this blog to explore our government websites and discover for yourselves just how hard our government works for all of us. If children learned these simple facts about Social Security while young, they would have a better understanding of how what they do now can and will profoundly affect their lives and their future.

    • Charlie

      Yes, Social Security is a great program that does “promote the general welfare” of the American people. The preamble to the U.S. Constitution does not say the government will “provide” for our welfare, but will “promote” it. Our government is constitutionally charged with creating and maintaining a country that allows the opportunity for a good life for anyone willing and able to work for it. Social Security is a government-promoted program that people work towards and contribute to in the expectation of benefit at some later point.

  9. Barb N.

    Good idea. To all who are thinking about this reach out to teachers. Private school teachers might love your help.

  10. Margie H.

    I’m 76 years old ( BD 3/22/42) at what age can I make a salary without it effecting my Social Security.

    • Snarky

      You are well beyond the age in question. Go ahead and make as much as you want.

      • Ray F.

        If you work and are full retirement age (currently age 66) or older, the amount you make at work will not affect your Social Security benefits, no matter how much you earn. Please read our publication “How Work Affects Your Benefits” for more information.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your question, Margie. If you work and are full retirement age (currently age 66) or older, the amount you make at work will not affect your Social Security benefits, no matter how much you earn. Please read our publication “How Work Affects Your Benefits” for more information. Thanks!

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