Mrs. America Contestant Raising Awareness for Financial Literacy

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Arika Burton, Mrs. DC and the National Financial Educators Council’s National Ambassador, raises awareness for financial literacy at the Mrs. America.

The National Financial Educators Council’s National Ambassador, Arika Burton, brings the financial literacy movement to the Mrs. America Pageant that is taking place August 23rd – 29th in Tucson, Arizona. Arika chose financial literacy as her platform during the Mrs. DC America competition which she won and is competing this week in the 2012 Mrs. America Pageant.

Arika Burton states, "Becoming Mrs. DC America is an honor, and I am appreciative of the opportunity to reach a wider audience with my platform of raising awareness for financial literacy. This is a cause I am passionate about, and it is great to work with the National Financial Educators Council because they are as committed to the cause as I am."

Since her Mrs. DC America win, Arika has focused on reaching people across the country with the national personal finance education message. Her stated goal is to help raise awareness for the overall movement while motivating individuals to pick up the money management lessons that can benefit the individual, those they love and their communities.

Arika Burton is a financial consultant that received her degrees from UMD (University of Maryland) in both Finance and International Business. During her studies and helping people with their personal finances, she recognized that teaching money management lessons can have a lasting impact on individuals and communities. She also was featured in the NFEC’s financial literacy PSA ‘The Talk’.

The Financial EduNation Campaign supports the monetary skill development of people across the country by providing free financial literacy training. The financial education programs, tools and material created by the NFEC provide people the knowledge and confidence to take effective action towards their financial future. Combined with the awareness initiative, the NFEC plans to reach millions across the country with the message of financial literacy.

“Arika has chosen a platform that can benefit everybody in this country. I personally wish somebody had taught me about money while I was in school or while serving in the military,” states Raquel Riley Thomas, executive producer/director of the Mrs. DC America. “I think most people would agree, that providing today’s youth a practical financial education can improve many aspects of their life. That is why I am excited and supportive of Arika’s role as Mrs. DC America and as a National Financial Literacy Ambassador for the NFEC.”

Mrs. America is a reality-based prime time television special that has 51 delegates from across the country competes for the Mrs. America title. Each year the new Mrs. America makes appearances throughout the country and will represent the US in the Mrs. World contest.

The NFEC is a social enterprise organization with the mission to empower people with the financial knowledge needed to make effective financial literacy decisions by providing over seventy personal finance courses that can be delivered by schools, nonprofits, parents, individuals and financial professionals. The NFEC’s collaboration with educators and financial professionals helps make the financial literacy curriculum practical for the youth that receive instruction.

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