The LifeSmarts program has a lot to be thankful for this year—consumer-savvy teens representing 32 states will compete at this year’s national event later this week in Philadelphia. Program participation throughout the 2011-2012 year has been excellent: more than 15,000 teens answered more than 3 million consumer questions online for a chance to represent their states at the 2012 National LifeSmarts Championship.
Looking towards the future, LifeSmarts shows every sign of growing bigger and better than ever. Last season, Visa announced a three-year major grant to help underwrite the program, sponsor development of personal finance lessons and teaching tools, increase marketing efforts for LifeSmarts, and bolster NCL’s outreach on consumer fraud. With Visa’s help, LifeSmarts is looking forward to providing future generations of teens with the skills and knowledge they will need to successfully navigate the increasingly complex consumer landscape.
The National Consumers League is the nation's oldest consumer and worker advocacy group. We run the LifeSmarts program, a national consumer education competition for middle and high school students. It rules!