Jeanette A. Tucker, Merrill, Thomas A. | 6/30/2005 1:44:36 AM
The LSU AgCenter and other partners in a financial literacy coalition are offering an educational session this summer in Baton Rouge that’s designed to help people jump-start their financial smarts.
Called the Louisiana Youth Financial Educators’ Summit, the event will be held July 27-28 at the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge. It’s sponsored by the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and is targeted toward teachers, parents and other individuals who work with youth.
"What we want to do is give teachers, parents and others the opportunity to jump-start their financial smarts, gain more knowledge and acquire the tools to teach financial literacy to students," said LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker, adding, "Providing students with life skills and financial smarts has become an integral part of education."
But even more education still is necessary for Louisiana students, according to the latest statistics.
"Louisiana high school seniors scored only 46 percent on a recent national survey to measure youth financial literacy," Tucker said. "So there clearly is a need for more education."
Financial professionals and educators from across the South are expected to gather for the summit, and the registration fee is a reasonable $50, Tucker said.
"We believe this will be an exciting networking event, which will let people share the latest in financial education," the LSU AgCenter expert said. "We think it will benefit participants personally and professionally."
Nationally recognized keynote speakers for the summit include Michael Wood, vice president of Teen Research Unlimited, the only full-service marketing-research firm dedicated solely to understanding teens, and Bill Whittle of Primerica Financial Services.
Sessions in three topic areas and an interactive cyber café will address a variety of subjects to enhance the personal and professional development of youth financial educators.
For example, one conference track will introduce participants to a variety of interactive youth financial curricula.
Conference participants also can learn to enhance their students’ financial futures by participating in sessions on consumer credit, downsizing debt, saving and investing and planning for future goals. Additional sessions will enable participants to help students unravel the mysteries of taxes, insurance and insurance scoring, banking and online financial services and protecting themselves from identity theft.
Teachers participating in the summit may qualify for Continuing Learning Units (CLUs) towards their Highly Certified Teacher certification.
"Teachers of all grade levels are encouraged to attend develop their skills to integrate financial education across the curriculum," Tucker said.
For additional information on the summit program and registration, visit the summit Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com/en/money_business/
personal_finance/educators_summit/. Those interested also can call Jeanette Tucker at (225) 578-6701 or contact any Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition partner.
Louisiana Jump$tart partners seek to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults. Partners coordinating this summit include the LSU AgCenter, Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Credit Union League, Federal Reserve Bank, Louisiana Bankers Association, Money Management Inc., Louisiana Department of the Treasury, Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Catholic Schools Office, Junior Achievement, LaDOT Federal Credit Union, Louisiana Parent Teachers Organization and The Edsa Group.