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April 29, 2019

FAME to host May 10 ‘financial literacy’ conference for educators

Photo / Amber Waterman Bruce Wagner, CEO of the Finance Authority of Maine. FAME announced today it is hosting a May 10 "financial literacy" conference for Maine educators in Augusta.
Finance Authority of Maine is a quasi-independent state agency that provides innovative financial solutions to help Maine citizens pursue business and educational opportunities.
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Finance Authority of Maine announced today it will host the “Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference” on May 10 at the Augusta Civic Center.

The conference’s goal is to provide Maine educators with the necessary tools, resources and best practices for implementing Maine’s learning standards for personal finance and economics. The event is free for classroom teachers and funds are available to cover substitute teacher expenses. This year’s speakers include Laura Levine, president of the National JumpStart Coalition, and state Sen. Matthew Pouliot, R-Kennebec County. 

The conference is made possible by the Maine JumpStart Coalition, the Maine Office of Securities, the Maine Credit Union League, Town & Country Federal Credit Union and others.

The conference follows a month of statewide initiatives and educational workshops sponsored by FAME in April, which is Youth Financial Literacy Month. Throughout the month, FAME’s College Access and Financial Education Team offered workshops promoting the importance of financial education.

The May 10 conference at the Augusta Civic Center will be preceded by a special pre-conference event May 9 at Senator Inn in Augusta.

“FAME’s financial education efforts are a key element of our mission,” said Bruce Wagner, FAME’s CEO. “We provide outreach to students of all ages at schools throughout the state, from Aroostook to York counties, in order to help prepare Maine students for financially successful futures. We are proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming financial education conference for Maine teachers and community educators.”

In addition to the conference and numerous statewide financial education activities, FAME is continuing its national expansion of Claim Your Future, a program designed to encourage students to explore education and training after high school as well as future careers and money management. 

The online version of Claim Your Future has been played by students in over 90 countries and in every U.S. state. Due to strong demand for the classroom game kit, FAME has adapted the program so that other organizations can co-brand and customize the program for their own constituents.

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