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July 29, 2009 - (by Nathalie Tadena, ABC News)

Ask Warren Buffett to work with kids and he gets animated - literally. The legendary investor will be starring in "The Secret Millionaire's Club," an online cartoon series that teaches children about financial literacy, debuting in the fall on AOL.

Like Buffett, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, domestic diva Martha Stewart and the late astronomer Carl Sagan, will also be featured in their own series of educational webisodes produced by A Squared Entertainment, a children's media company founded by industry veterans Andy Heyward and Amy Moynihan, in collaboration with AOL.

It's a Habit! and Sammy Rabbit are pleased to announce the availability of a new 16 page, strategic bilingual coloring book titled ¡Ahorrar es una Buena Costumbre! or Saving is a Great Habit! The book contains 16 activity pages that also include short, memorable sayings and explanations on why it is important to make saving a habit. The coloring book is also available in English. For more details  email Sammy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

The California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network (CNYIN)- June 12, 2009-in partnership with the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation-recently awarded its second annual School of the Year Award to Liberty High School in Napa, CA. The winner was chosen from among schools nominated by CNYIN members; it was nominated by Marlene Myers, financial education officer with Travis Credit Union in Vacaville, CA.

Urging financial education at all ages, starting at kindergarten, Chairman Bair promotes regulation plus education to improve Americans' economic futures.  View her speech here.

The Institute for Financial Literacy® hosts the Annual Conference on Financial Education™.

The Conference provides professional development opportunities for individuals who work with financial literacy education. In addition to being a critical networking event for financial educators, the Conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn about current trends, develop funding strategies and advance the cause of financial education.

To learn more about the 2009 Annual Conference on Financial Education or to register click here.

At our Member Meeting in San Diego on April 23rd we recognized two teachers with our Educator Awards and a community leader for his work in furthering financial education. Chuck Currier from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach and Martin Santiago from Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg received recognition awards for their work in bringing personal financial education into their classrooms. With the awards, they received $2,500 for their school's financial education programs from Citi.

The Leadership Award went 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.
Congratulations to the three Award Winners!!

April 26, 2009 - (by Claudia Buck, The Sacramento Bee) - For the 20 or so high school seniors in Matthew Pesci's class at Laguna Creek High School, Wednesday's lecture was real life.  

The kind with dollars and cents attached: How to avoid overdraft fees. How to keep from bouncing checks. How to maintain a savings account. How to stay out of debt.  The college-bound seniors even practiced writing a check – of $1.

The money talk, by two Tri Counties Bank managers in Elk Grove, is one of thousands being delivered by bankers to K-12 students nationwide. It's part of an American Bankers Association effort to reach 1 million students in April, which is Financial Literacy Month.


The Council for Economic Education (The Council) is soliciting applications from qualified organizations seeking to promote economic and financial literacy among students in kindergarten through grade 12. In 2004, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement designated the Council as the sole agency to implement the Excellence in Economic Education (EEE) Program. Now in its sixth year, the Council is pleased to announce a new opportunity to apply for funding for projects during 2009-2010. The application deadline is June 2, 2009. 

Please go to for general information on the Excellence in Economic Education Program RFPs for each of the sub-grants, and information about applying online.

Junior Achievement of Southern California : As JA Finance Park is into its second year of operation, we are excited to report that over 8,000 students are expected to visit the facility this year!  The need for financial literacy education is clear, now more than ever, and teachers across Southern California are heeding the call as they deliver the in-class JA Finance Park curriculum. Your participation is needed during the culminating experience at JA Finance Park.  We are looking for both individuals and company volunteer groups.  As a volunteer, you will work with a small group of students as they become "adults for the day"and experience the realities of creating and maintaining a personal monthly budget. To volunteer register:


March 15, 2009 - (by Andrea Coombes) - If personal finance were a high-school graduation requirement, would we have avoided the current financial crisis? Probably not. But a higher level of money smarts among American consumers might have ameliorated some of the problems we're seeing today.

"You don't blame the victims for what happened, but you also recognize that fewer people would have been hurt if they had known a little bit more," said Laura Levine, executive director of the JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a Washington-based financial-education advocacy group.