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White House sees HSFPP NEFE in action
WASHINGTON (4/27/10)--Thirteen high school girls at the White House Friday learned life skills related to financial management in a lively session presented by the National Endowment for Financial Education's (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP).
Lisa Moore, a teacher from the Arlington (Va.) Career Center, smiles on her way into the White House Friday to teach a budgeting lesson from the National Endowment for Financial Education's High School Financial Planning Program to 13 girls in a program mentored by First Lady Michelle Obama and senior White House staff.
Using the NEFE program, Lisa Moore, a teacher from the Arlington (Va.) Career Center, presented the 90-minute lesson in budgeting to the group in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Last week was National Credit Union Youth Week, which is a part of financial literacy month. The White House, under the direction of First Lady Michelle Obama, is conducting a program for 20 teens, who are mentored by senior White House staff members. The First Lady often attends meetings of the group. The group's activities included a visit in March to the Supreme Court to visit Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor. Part of the mentoring program's goals is to teach life skills, including financial education, said John A. Parfrey, director of NEFE HSFPP, who accompanied Moore to the event. NEFE first learned of the White House program when a call went to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly Cooperative Extension) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for samples of NEFE materials. NEFE sent complete sets of HSFPP materials to Obama's office.
Thirteen high school students work in the White House State Dining Room on budgeting skills during a High School Financial Planning Program's session taught by Lisa Moore of the Arlington (Va.) Career Center. Calculators were provided by Arlington Community FCU. (Photos provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education)
During the week of April 12, NEFE was asked to send class materials and a teacher. Dawn Linley, Virginia Credit Union League director of marketing and financial literacy, and Patty Browne of the Arlington Community FCU helped put NEFE in touch with Moore, who immediately accepted the assignment. CUNA and the leagues have partnered with NEFE since 2000, helping to broaden the program's reach into high school classrooms nationwide. The group met Friday for the lesson while the first lady was on a long weekend break in North Carolina. Moore and Parfrey arrived at the White House to meet their liaison, Carynne Hardy and her supervisor, Domestic Policy Advisor Jocelyn Frye, who is senior assistant to Michelle Obama and a member of President Barack Obama's Domestic Policy Council. The group set up in the chandelier-studded State Dining Room, and the White House provided two large TV screens for PowerPoint presentations. All the girls had "White House, Washington, DC" writing pads and Moore brought along calculators contributed by the Arlington Community FCU. "I hope that word of this class reaches the First Lady and that maybe because this one class helped a group of bright young girls start to think differently about money, Mrs. Obama will do something to help all of us in this endeavor process of getting our whole nation thinking about money in a new and different way," Parfrey said.
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