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Northern and Southern Californians Receive “Outstanding Educator” and “Leadership” Awards April 23 for Work in Personal Finance Education


Los Angeles, April 22, 2009 -- The California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is recognizing 2 teachers from Los Angeles and the East Bay for their work bringing personal finance education into their classrooms. The “Outstanding Educator” Awards, sponsored through a grant from Citi, will be given during the California Jump$tart Coalition Semi-annual Financial Literacy Meeting April 23 at the California Coast Credit Union in San Diego. In addition, a Northern California community leader will receive the “Leadership Award” for his initiatives in youth financial literacy.

“Our children and young adults must learn about money to succeed in this challenging and complex world,” says Karen Anderson, Chair of the California Jump$tart Coalition, “ so it’s encouraging to see teachers and community leaders developing innovative ways to bring this learning to our youth”. California schools do not require education on money management topics such as using credit, saving, budgeting and investing.

The schools and educators being recognized are:

  • CHUCK CURRIER from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach
  • MARTIN SANTIAGO from Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg

In addition to the awards recognition, each school receives a grant from Citi to further its financial literacy efforts.

The Leadership Award is being made to:

JOHN LIOTTI, founder of Northern California Urban Development and its Youth Initiative for financial literacy training; and a leader in founding Community Trust Credit Union of East Palo Alto.

The California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a not for profit, Section 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The mission of the California Jump$tart Coalition is to improve the personal financial literacy of California’s youth. Visit

For further information on these awards and the Summit contact: Karen Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 310-387-5652.