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Coalition for Debtor Education

The Coalition for Debtor Education is housed at Fordham University Law School in New York City. Its mission is to assist consumers, especially vulnerable populations, to understand and improve their ability to manage their own financial affairs. It is also committed to empirical assessment, including of its own programs, and to studying key issues affecting consumer finance.

To further its Mission, the Coalition:

  • Develops, test, studies, refines, and set standards for curricula on financial management for use in consumer financial management education

  • Assures that meaningful financial management education and teacher training for financial literacy educators are offered in a high quality, effective and low-cost manner

  • Reviews available curricula and other material on a regular basis and recommends revisions to reflect the changing needs of vulnerable populations and new characteristics of the financial environment

  • Partners with other organizations, both public and private, to provide programs and other assistance related to financial literacy, consumer finance and bankruptcy relief

  • Acts as an advocacy group for financial literacy and competence

  • Maintains a website which the public can access for information about Coalition programs

The Coalition also offers consumer classes for adults on budgeting, banking, credit, and managing debt. In addition, it offers "Train the Trainer" classes for banks and community-based organizations, and programs for high school students, using a game show format.

Carol O'Rourke, Executive Director
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
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