Ruby’s Troupe aims to empower children to want to learn strong skills with their own money – with belly laughs and fun learning! Our mission is to positively impact 1 million children globally in the next 5 years. After nearly a year of work, we just launched our successful live local program online.
As a licensed CPA for 20 years, I have seen first-hand the devastation that money problems cause. One of the biggest regrets I have heard from parents is that they wished they felt confident to teach their kids about money. We believe we have a fun, effective and affordable solution!
Ruby’s Troupe is a wholesome and engaging theater troupe of over 80 puppets, their zany helpers and completely customized shows – with a purpose! Using innovative and creative online interactive theater, practical hands-on activities and step-by-step guidance by two zany grandmas, our goal is to positively impact 1 million children (age 3-10) all over the world with life-empowering “smart money commander skills.”
Our team consists of two amazing married couples who are grandparents, each with a heart for kids and a ministry spirit. Debbie (CPA) brings over 40,000 hours of professional money life skills to the table and Phyllis (theater creative) is just sheer magic when it comes to scripts, character flow and music. She thinks 7 year old and is just off-the-charts fun. They are the lead puppeteers. Deb and Phyllis design the shows and then perform each act. Their husbands Doug and Bob run the sound, lighting, video and set management. It’s hard work, but seeing the joy on the kids’ faces is sure worth it! One of the unexpected benefits of the program is seeing the “tall people” (aka the parents) laugh and learn right along with their kids! Our education medium lowers the barriers…for an often sensitive and embarrassing subject.
Our biggest challenges were learning how to do video editing and navigating the online space. Website design, membership platform and social media knowledge were all areas we needed to get up to speed. It was an adventure!