The LifeSmarts Story
LifeSmarts: What’s in it for me? How do I get started? How will it make a difference for my students? What will we learn? How does my support help the program?
Student competitors, educators, state coordinators and sponsors answer these questions and more as they help us tell the LifeSmarts story. Check out what they have to say about the program! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
For 26 years LifeSmarts has fostered consumer and life skills literacy in middle and high school students. A program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization, LifeSmarts empowers young people across the United States to develop the skills they need to be successful in an increasingly complex marketplace.
The free, national consumer education program is offered in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 140,000 students receive instruction and compete on more than 3,000 teams each year. Thousands of educators take advantage of a wealth of free LifeSmarts resources to strengthen 21st century skills in their students. The program’s broad curriculum covers Personal Finance, Health and Safety, Technology, the Environment, and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities. The program complements the curriculum already in place in middle- and high-schools and can be used as an activity for classes, groups, clubs, and community organizations
This unique program provides a variety of enriching experiences for youth including online, state, and national competitions. LifeSmarts is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills and expand leadership through service learning and teamwork. These experiences help students to gain proficiency in making informed decisions that promote financial independence.