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CFO Jeff Atwater Unveils New Financial Literacy Program Tailored to Teach Middle and High School Students

3/31/2017

For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2017
 
Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413–2842

 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the release of Finance Your Future, his latest and most advanced financial literacy program yet. Designed with middle and high school students in mind, CFO Atwater is connecting the free program to the classroom and encouraging Florida teachers to incorporate it into their lesson plans. Built to be as interactive as a video game, Finance Your Future’s engaging content, animation, games and activities offer a relevant refreshing approach to learning about financial literacy for adolescents and adults alike.
 
“Teachers and parents have the incredibly important jobs of fostering successful futures through learning,” said CFO Atwater. “They deserve all the support possible, and I’m proud to offer them a ready-made product that I hope will prove invaluable to teaching lessons about financial literacy. I think this program can teach adults a few new financial tools, too.”
 
Beyond containing captivating content, Finance Your Future was built to satisfy Florida’s half-credit financial literacy graduation requirement, and each lesson aligns with specific Sunshine State Standards. The Department of Financial Services is actively securing the support of Florida’s 67 social studies coordinators, who are in charge of selecting their county’s social studies curriculum. So far, more than 20 county coordinators have expressed a desire to bring the program into their classrooms.
 
"I am excited for the release of Finance Your Future as a valuable resource I can use in my ‘Economics with Financial Literacy’ classes to engage my students in topics relating to personal finance, but also for the opportunity for my students to utilize the program to help them learn how to make wiser choices as consumers, investors and savers," said R. Eric Fields, an Economics Teacher at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville.
 
The eight core concepts covered by Finance Your Future are:
• Budgeting and Saving
• Credit Cards
• Banking
• Credit Reports and Credit Scores
• Debt
• Fraud and Scams
• Insurance and Benefits
• Life Events
 
To access Finance Your Future, click here. To access the other financial literacy programs offered by the Department of Financial Services, click here.
 
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Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services, serves as Florida’s State Fire Marshal, and is a member of the Florida Cabinet. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses; and providing transparency and accountability in spending.