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A conversation with Dario Stipisic, Senior Program Director

So tell us, what’s new?
During National Financial Literacy Month, we celebrated the achievement of the 100 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in New York City. Many schools attended the award ceremony in person and the event was live-streamed to a national audience. Moreover, scholars from across the country who scored 95 percent or higher on the W!se financial literacy certification exam were invited recently to submit applications for consideration of the Ambassador Award, an annual competition that provides scholarship funding to advance financial literacy in the scholars’ communities. Lastly, we are planning a few notable enhancements to our practice test and mobile apps which have been widely used by students preparing for the certification exam.

What’s the impact this has had/or you hope it will have on moving financial literacy forward?
W!se is committed to leveraging technology such as the practice test to enable students to be successful on the certification exam. Students are already very savvy with technology so financial literacy applications need to play a complementary role and facilitate learning with technology.
How do we learn more?
W!se is a national Jump$tart partner, and manages the New York Financial Literacy Coalition, the New York State affiliate for the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. For more information about our programs, please visit where you can submit a request for specific information or contact Dario Stipisic at
Tell us more about your organization
Working in Support of Education (W!se) is a leading national educational nonprofit with a mission to improve economic mobility through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and careers. Our initiatives are built on 5 pillars – relevancy, real-world experiences, partnerships, volunteerism, and evaluation. Based in New York City, our programs transform the lives of Americans across the United States. We are spearheading a national effort to empower people, especially the underserved, to lead lives of financial well-being, succeed in college and excel in an increasingly competitive global workplace.

Daniel McHugh  |  Director, Marketing