Get started with LifeSmarts
LifeSmarts is the nation’s premier consumer program, providing real-world education to students who learn about core consumer topics and develop critical thinking skills and leadership opportunities. LifeSmarts is a comprehensive consumer education program that is free to middle school and high school students and educators. Our goal? To create consumer savvy young people who will be better equipped for adult life in today’s complex, global marketplace.
On this page you’ll find quick links to get started!
- New LifeSmarts Monthly Checklist Calendar – a suggested checklist for coaches
- Revised “How to LifeSmarts”
- New content vocabulary is featured in resources and competition
- LifeSmarts in a Box is back in print! Use our “contact us” form to order your free copy
- Check out all of our most popular learning resources
- LifeSmarts videos: Competitors, educators, coordinators, and sponsors tell the LifeSmarts story
- Promo Flyer encouraging students to sign up
- LifeSmarts competition is open!
- Learn more about your state competition, find important dates, and connect with your State Coordinator
- Visit your state page
- Wild Card LifeSmarts teams are invited to compete at the National LifeSmarts Championship through a rigorous, project-based selection process.
- TeamSmarts allows teams to compete for cash prizes each month, September through February. This web-based team competition is a great team practice tool.
- Partnering with student leadership organizations strengthens LifeSmarts and complements these organizations’ projects, judging events, competitive events, and activities.
- JV XPLORLABS QUEST: A special LifeSmarts safety quest for middle school participants focusing on lithium ion button cell batteries and the risks and hazards they pose to young children. This team-building and leadership opportunity includes a PSA contest for middle school LifeSmarts teams.
Community Service and Scholarship Opportunities
- OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring project: The project promotes safe medicine storage, safe use of OTC medicine, and understanding the Drug Facts label. High school students demonstrate leadership by teaching younger students about medicine safety. The lesson is easy to adapt to classroom, club, and community settings.
- Fraud Ambassadors: Thanks to a long-standing partnership with Western Union, high school LifeSmarts participants have the opportunity to educate older citizens to avoid fraud. LifeSmarts Fraud Ambassadors will highlight common advance-fee and fake check scams, demonstrating their knowledge that education is the best protection against fraud.
- Privacy essay: One LifeSmarts student will win a $2,000 scholarship by submitting the winning privacy essay in a contest sponsored by ITRC and CyberScout.
- Sarah Weinberg scholarship: Coaches, nominate an outstanding High School senior who makes a difference in your community. Deadline: March 13, 2020.