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Calif.Nevada leagues train the trainers in fin lit
ONTARIO, Calif. (5/18/10)--More than 50 teachers, financial planners, and credit union professionals from throughout California attended a free workshop May 12 on offering financial literacy education in classrooms.
Click to view larger image Teachers, financial planners and credit union professions from throughout California attended a free workshop on offering financial literacy education in classrooms. The event was sponsored by the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network ahd held at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' headquarters. (Photo provided by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues)
The seminar was sponsored by the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network (CNYIN), and held at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' headquarters in Ontario, Calif. Participants included teachers from San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Credit union professionals from as far away as San Jose and San Diego attended. The “Train-the-Trainer” Roundtable was open to teachers who currently use or would like to use the National Endowment for Financial Education’s (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP), as well as CNYIN members and certified public accountants. “This was a great opportunity for those interested in learning how to include financial literacy education into their curriculum, or wish to improve on what they’re already offering,” said Catherine Arra, league liaison to the CNYIN. “There is a great need for practical application,” said Karen Allen, a skills for living and computer applications teacher at Bellflower, Calif.-based Somerset High School. “The average student is so under-informed on this subject.” In the session, Mike Jones of Educational Employees CU, Fresno; Michelle Lawrence of American First CU, La Habra; and Connie Costello of UC Riverside Extension presented the seven-unit HSFPP curriculum and offered teaching techniques to keep young adults engaged and motivated. Dhara Sanchez from Inland Empire CU, Pomona, assisted with a panel discussion on getting financial literacy education into schools. Attendees learned about goal setting, budgeting, understanding credit, protection from fraud, dealing with insurance, choosing a financial institution, investing, and preparing for a career. Attendees also teamed up to teach the sections themselves as if they were presenting to a classroom. Each attendee received a NEFE HSFPP instructor’s manual, student manual, and introductory program package. The CNYIN works to increase the financial literacy of youth in California and Nevada through classroom presentations and other means. For more information, contact Cathy Arra at 800-472-1702, ext. 6025, or at catherinea@ccul.org.
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