02/06/2015 - Life Happens

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Life Happens is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping Americans take personal financial responsibility through the ownership of life insurance and related products, including disability and long-term care insurance. The goal is to help consumers better understand these products and where they fit within their overall financial plans.


  • Next Generation

Next Generation is a high school education program focused on insurance and financial-planning basics. Since its launch in 1997, it has reached more than 28 million students and 80,000 teachers. Life Happens joined with Scholastic for its newest iteration, which is completely web-based. The free online program provides teachers with tools to educate their students about the basics of life, health, and disability insurance, as well as financial planning fundamentals. Each module has a teacher’s guide, corresponding student activities, videos, and interactive quizzes. Visit www.scholastic.com/nextgeneration to access the program.

  • Life Lessons Scholarship Program

The Life Lessons Scholarship Program provides scholarships to college students and college-bound high school seniors who have lost a parent who did not have adequate life insurance protection. The program recognizes the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of adversity.

Life Happens wants to continue to grow in reaching more students with the Next Generation program and seeks partnerships to build awareness on the importance of insurance and financial planning. Life Happens also seeks to increase awareness about its scholarship program.

The Life Lessons Scholarship is accepting online applications until the March 3, 2015, deadline. For the first time, in the history of the program, Life Happens will award more than 200 thousand dollars in scholarship money, ranging from five- to fifteen thousand dollars. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-word written essay or a three-minute video that describes how their lives have been affected, both emotionally and financially, by the death of a parent or guardian.  

Also, view the new short videos on Next Generation. While the videos are designed to generate student interest, each video gives teachers the opportunity to discuss content and the questions being posed. These videos help engage students and provide relevant and current connections to the real-world using language and style to which they can relate.

Julie Holsinger        
202-464-5000 ext: 4446
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