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From Beyond the Billable: Volunteers Flock to M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

Monday, January 28, 2013

Over 100 volunteers have signed up to teach the M. 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 – to local high school students. The program is about to begin its most exciting year ever. Starting next week, the program is slated to reach over 1,000 students in 13 Massachusetts Public Schools. As the program expands to serve more students, the dedication of returning volunteers and new volunteers grows stronger.

What would compel intelligent adults to willingly enter a classroom of teenagers? We asked posed that question to three of our volunteers:

Assistant AG Claire Masinton teachs a module at East Boston High School.

Assistant AG Claire Masinton teachs a module at East Boston High School.

Bernie Schilling, Liberty Mutual

I’ve been a volunteer for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program because I believe in what the program represents – educating our students to the world of finance. I feel there is a void in educating students to make good choices and I want to make a difference in sharing my bumps in the road.

Meghan Roche, Law Office of Meghan Roche

I continue to be a volunteer because I think these skills that are taught in the class are vital to a successful financial future. I truly believe that they should be part of every schools’ curriculum and that the lessons are useful to all students whether you become a doctor, a teacher or a plumber. Explaining the differences between wants and needs and exploring how to use credit wisely can be valuable lessons for kids today. I think this program is such a great opportunity for high school students to learn something that will help them to be financially responsible adults.

Kelly Goss, Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

I am delighted to volunteer for the BBA’s M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program because it is an important initiative to educate teens about financial responsibility and to provide them with some basic tools and essential information needed to successfully manage their finances as adults in order to avert financial hazards such as foreclosure and insurmountable debt. Through its interactive co-teaching platform, the program is also a great opportunity to work with other volunteer members of the community to effectively engage students in the discussion.

To view available volunteer sessions, please click here and log in. For more information about volunteering or the program, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at kdangelo@bostonbar.org.

This program is funded in part by the Charles P. Normandin Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation.

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