April 3, 2023
Media contact: National Consumers League – Katie Brown, email@example.com, 202-823-8442
During Financial Literacy Month, LifeSmarts, a teen consumer literacy education program, is expanding lessons to help high school students prepare to get the most out of their post-secondary education.
Washington, DC – The 29th National LifeSmarts Championship is on the horizon for the National Consumers League’s (NCL) youth consumer education program. Through LifeSmarts, students learn about real-life consumer issues and compete to win prizes and scholarships at the National LifeSmarts Championship in April each year. To highlight the start of Financial Literacy Month in April, NCL is proud to announce an expansion of lessons on financial aid and financing a post-secondary education and a new lesson about choosing a college major, made possible by Discover Student Loans.
From April 27-30, 2023, high school students from across the country will meet in Cincinnati, OH, to compete in the annual event. The competition takes place over four days during which students will showcase their knowledge of personal finance topics, as well as consumer rights, technology and career readiness, health and safety, and the environment.
LifeSmarts prepares students for life after high school, including guiding students to consider post-secondary education options, and understanding how their choices will impact their readiness for the careers they wish to pursue. LifeSmarts is active in all states and the District of Columbia, where NCL is headquartered.
Thanks to this partnership with Discover Student Loans, LifeSmarts is expanding upon financial aid lessons created in 2022 and featuring student loan questions throughout the National Championship. In addition, next fall a new lesson will help high school students choose a college major using tools available via the website College Covered. CollegeCovered.com was created by Discover Student Loans to provide students, parents and high school counselors with the know-how to plan and pay for college. The website offers a variety of resources and tips for each step of the college planning process.
“We are pleased to work with Discover Student Loans to help our students learn about all aspects of post-secondary education,” said National Program Director Lisa Hertzberg. “We are especially gratified to expand our educational materials to help students consider their own path and the coursework that will set them up for future success.”
Last year, students answered more than 3.5 million consumer questions about financing post-secondary education, credit reports, nutrition, social media, and everything in between. More than 110,000 students used LifeSmarts materials in their classrooms and extracurricular activities.
“Each year, LifeSmarts brings new opportunities for high school students to learn invaluable information to prepare them for life beyond high school,” says NCL President Sally Greenberg. “Too often, traditional high school curriculum fails to teach students vital information to become successful adults, and LifeSmarts helps to close that gap with lessons that now include choosing a college major.”
“Our expanded partnership with LifeSmarts allows them to add more real-world lessons addressing important topics like financing a college education,” said Nicole Straub, Senior Vice President for Discover Student Loans. “Having a better understanding on how to pay for college sets students and their families up to make smarter financial decisions for their future.”
Discover Student Loans also offers a scholarship opportunity for students and parents. Throughout the year, 12 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $5,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses. Students and parents can click here to enter to win this $5,000 scholarship. Drawings held monthly. No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win.
LifeSmarts is a comprehensive consumer education program that is free to middle school and high school students and educators. The goal of the LifeSmarts program is to create consumer-savvy young people who will be better equipped for adult life in today’s complex, global marketplace. Visit LifeSmarts.org for more information. LifeSmarts: Learn it. Live it.
About the National Consumers League (NCL)
The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit nclnet.org.