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Personal Finance Conference

The State Department of Education is sponsoring a Personal Finance Conference, "Teaching Financial Fitness," on April 9, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Southbury, Connecticut.  Check out the flyer for further details about the conference and how to register - 2014 Personal Finance Conference Flyer. 

Please contact Mary Lou Molloy, at CREC, if you have any questions.  She may be reached at 860-509-3649 or Turn on JavaScript!

 
The Credit Union League of Connecticut's Financial Reality Fairs

The Financial Reality Fair is the culmination of classroom training related to financial literacy.  The Fair provides an opportunity to work with a paycheck and learn how to budget to provide for the future.  Students will identify the job they intend to have after school, and assist in identifying a beginning wage range.  Fair volunteers will create a net pay after taxes, and provide a budget worksheet to instruct students on what monthly expenses they will face.  The students will have to make decisions on living arrangements, food, transportation, utilities, clothing, luxury items, etc.  They will be provided with credit scores which will be used to assist in approving or denying loans.  At the end of the session they will sit with a financial counselor and review their financial profile. 

The 2014 Fair dates are:

  • March 26 at UConn, Stamford
  • April 1 at CCSU, New Britain
  • April 9 at Housatonic CC, Bridgeport
  • April 23 at Connecticut College, New London
  • April 30 at Torrington High School, Torrington

More information about these Fairs may be found at http://ctrealityfair.org/

 
LifeSmarts

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 will be held March 14, 2014 at the Sheraton Four Points in Meriden, Connecticut.

The State Champion will represent Connecticut at the National Championship, to be held in Orlando, Florida, April 26-29, 2014.  Both the state and national competitions are exciting game show-style matches.

For more information contact Brenda Shuler, at (203) 871-7872, or by Turn on JavaScript! or visit www.ctlifesmarts.org.