Educating Students About Social Security

May 7, 2019 • By

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Last Updated: May 7, 2019

" "In May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and honor all of the educators who are preparing students for the future. Social Security knows that a well-informed instructor is usually the best one suited to educate others. That’s why we have online resources that are easy to access and share.

Social Security’s Educator Toolkit is a rich resource for teachers and advocates. Our Information for Educators page contains information and resources to engage students and to educate them on Social Security. It includes:

  • Infographics and handouts for each lesson plan
  • Links to Social Security webpages
  • Talking points
  • Quiz questions and answers

Here’s a brief sample appropriate for high school students:

Start the discussion by asking the students what they think they know about Social Security and if they think Social Security is important to them as high school students. Capture key words/phrases on the board/screen to keep for future discussion. 

You can access the toolkit for more information.

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

At Social Security, we appreciate informed people speaking about our programs and benefits in a thoughtful and informed way. We value and welcome the efforts all teachers make to educate America’s young people.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


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  2. BrianMckay

    Social Protection usually pays contingent or survivor payments to students taking classes only. In general, incentives cease after a pupil hits 18, whether the student is injured or on a full-time basis, either attends a high school, grade 12 or below.

  3. Maronita

    I unexpected needed to get my benefit verification for another entity (an agency I know and trust) and when I went to the office I discovered the office closed (office closes to the public apparently on Wednesday beginning @ noon). I learned that all the local offices (at least in Massachusetts) does this. This should not be!!! I understand the need to close to the public for 4 hours a week in order to catch up on paperwork but I believe SSA should consider the need of the beneficiaries and should stagger office closing times (i.e. Roxbury close on Wednesday’s 12-4, Boston close on Thursday 12-4, Chelsea close on Thursday 9-1, Quincy close on Friday 9-1) This would then allow someone who needs something unexpectedly to go to another office.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Maronita. Thanks for your comment. We are open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 4:00 p.m. Every Wednesday at noon, offices are closed to the public so that employees have time to complete current work and reduce backlogs. To find your local office, please visit here.

      Remember, most Social Security business does not require a visit to a local field office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits, creating a personal my Social Security account, replacing a Medicare card, or reporting a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available anytime at Social Security also offers assistance via a toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (Voice) and 1-800-325-0778 (TTY). Representatives are available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We hope this helps.

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