Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program -- a public
service partnership between the Boston Bar Association and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
for the District of Massachusetts -- expects to reach over one thousand students in
13 Massachusetts Public Schools in 2013. This represents more than a doubling of
the students served in 2012.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to provide such an important life
skill to this very diverse population," says BBA Public Service Manager Sonia
Shah. "This will be the first time since this program began as a pilot project
at the Dorchester Academy of Public Service in 2005 that we need to recruit
significant numbers of volunteers to meet the demand."
The boost in demand for 2013 can be attributed to the BBA's strong,
collaborative relationship with the Boston Private Industry Council, and also to
a suggestion by a BBA member living in Sharon, MA that Sharon High School
provide the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy course to every senior. For a
summary sheet of modules, click
The BBA's relationship with PIC developed over years of
working together on the BBA
Summer Jobs Program, which provides enrichment opportunities for diverse
students in Boston’s Public High Schools. Ordinarily taught between January and
March, the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program in 2005 began being
offered to the Summer Jobs students well.
During the summer of 2012, BBA volunteers and U.S. Bankruptcy judges also
taught this financial literacy course to PIC Summer Jobs Students working at
Sovereign and Citizens Banks and to the Nelson Fellows at the Federal District
"We're going to need some 100 new volunteers, and as
always we'll convene a training session to make our volunteers feel confident
about what they're doing," said Shah. The training session will be held at the
BBA on January 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. and all curriculum material will be provided.
To register for the training session, click
Volunteers for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program need not be
bankruptcy lawyers. Volunteers in past years have included law firm professional
For more information about the M. Ellen Carpenter
Financial Literacy Program, please contact Katie D'Angelo at KDangelo@bostonbar.org
The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program receives support
from the Boston Bar Foundation.