WHAT WE DO:
Headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF) has a dual mission to promote financial literacy and to distribute scholarships, often in cooperation with partner agencies. The organization has presentations on more than 30 topics related to money management, the wise use of credit, and investments for general audiences such as community service organizations, churches, civic groups, and major employers. It also has a curriculum specifically designed for high school juniors and seniors, which addresses 12 major financial topics mandated by the Texas House Bill 492.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Personal Financial Literacy for High Schools
Financial education was mandated for Texas high schools in 2006. The State issued guidelines requesting agencies provide curricula, choosing subject matter from a list of 12 financial topics for approval. FCEF published a comprehensive text with all 12 modules and received immediate approval by the Texas State Board of Education to distribute the text to high schools across the state. As a 501(3)(c) public charity, the Foundation has proudly distributed more than a thousand copies of training manuals to school districts, educators, and home-schooling parents state-wide, free of charge. Currently, the FCEF Education Division is developing curricula for other states with similar guidelines and mandates.
CEU and "Training of Trainer" Programs
The Texas Education Agency has approved the FCEF Train the Trainer program to award Continuing Education Units (CEU) to educators with a comprehensive day-long program on the techniques and delivery of our comprehensive high school curriculum. These programs are provided at no charge for groups of 10 or more.
FCEF has a Speakers Bureau of more than 40 certified and dedicated individuals across the nation. Utilizing various learning modalities to obtain the highest of learning objectives, these articulate speakers assist participants' comprehension of personal finance principles and information. Many have been professional financial planners, educators, or have served in the capacity of financial counselors with the military.
More than $3.5 Million in Scholarships
During the organization's 25 years, it has distributed scholarships in cooperation with partners to hundreds-of-thousands of undergraduate, graduate and trade school students across the country. The minimum scholarship award is $3,000; however, FCEF recently awarded a scholarship of $25,000 with the Air Force Association, and for 2008 it has committed $60,000 to scholars who live, work, and study in the Fort Worth-Tarrant County area.
Online Tools and Resources
The FCEF Web site, www.FirstCommand.org features checking and savings information, finance tools, an interactive spending plan, and a very powerful debt terminator calculator. The debt terminator program has the ability to accept recurring charges and future payments to determine the best of four options to eliminate debt.
WHAT WE NEED:
Financial literacy for life: It's not just a tagline -- it's our way of life. FCEF has a vision of creating a stronger economy and greater opportunities for wealth building through financial education in all communities; without barriers. It is the group's commitment to enhance the money management skills of interested individuals, and develop financial sophistication through education, interaction, and outreach. FCEF is eager to develop partnerships that will help us meet this goals and increase outreach, and to find donors for continued support of the FCEF programs.
Personal Financial Literacy for High Schools, 2008 edition
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