Financial Literacy Month Extends Into May

The Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach (CFCO) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is extending Financial Literacy Month beyond April to increase the reach and impact of the third annual High School Symposium on Financial Literacy and College Success.

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Erie, PA (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

Financial Literacy Month is designed to raise awareness about the importance of acquiring personal finance skills, and to provide financial education. The Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach (CFCO) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is extending Financial Literacy Month beyond April to increase the reach and impact of the third annual High School Symposium on Financial Literacy and College Success.

The nationally recognized Financial Literacy Month takes place each year in April. The CFCO is hosting its third annual High School Symposium on May 15 and 16tat Penn State Behrend. This event features the National Financial Educators Council’s Real Money Experience event, providing high school students a hands-on financial education.

“We applaud the CFCO team and director Erica Jackson for their efforts to ensure that students have access to complimentary financial literacy programs and resources,” said Vince Shorb of the National Financial Educators Council. “The High School Symposium is a great way to introduce students to empowering personal finance lessons that can improve their lives and the lives of those they love.”

The event is open to schools, nonprofit organizations and other groups that serve high school-age students. Contact the Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach at 814-898-6553 to register your organization. Free materials are made available to help educators and volunteers provide personal finance lessons before and after the event.

"High school students are going to encounter several different aspects of life skills throughout this event," said Erica Jackson, director for Penn State Behrend's Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach. "What insurance is, what credit is, what auto insurance is. They're really able to mesh it all together to learn what things they're going to have to deal with when they become an adult. This event provides a great starting point for them to be able to understand the basics of a lot of these concepts."

The Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach (CFCO) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is an outreach program of the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. The CFCO’s primary purpose is to deliver educational outreach-based programming focused on personal money management skills to students in middle school through college. The CFCO’s efforts have helped more than 25,000 individuals acquire skills to earn a living, achieve self-sufficiency and improve quality of life.

The National Financial Educators Council is a social enterprise organization that supports financial literacy initiatives on a global level. The NFEC developed the Financial EduNation campaign to foster positive personal financial habits among youth that aligns with its mission to give communities the resources they need to empower young people with the knowledge necessary to make financial decisions that can improve their lives, now and in the future.