Jump$tart National Educator Conference 2015
LifeSmarts is a national educational opportunity for teenagers in Grades 9 through 12. LifeSmarts focuses on five key areas of consumer knowledge that teens need to know in order to independently negotiate today’s increasingly complex marketplace: Personal Finance, Health and Safety, the Environment, Technology, and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities. LifeSmarts helps teens to become smart, savvy, responsible consumers and citizens. Teens gain a solid understanding of their consumer rights and responsibilities and workplace protections. They have fun competing while developing teamwork skills, self-esteem, verbal communication, and leadership.
Members of a Connecticut LifeSmarts team study together under the supervision of at least one adult coach, and compete online for the right to face-off against other teams at the State Championship match. This year’s competition took place on March 6, 2015 at Fantasia in Wallingford, Connecticut. Four teams competed. The State Champion represented Connecticut at the National Championship, to be held in Seattle, WA, April 17-20, 2015. Both the state and national competitions are exciting game show-style matches.