WHAT WE DO:
The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. We are the nation’s oldest consumer organization. The mission of the National Consumers League is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. NCL provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.
WHAT WE OFFER:
LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, is an educational program of the National Consumers League that develops the consumer and marketplace skills of teens in a fun way, and rewards them for the knowledge they demonstrate. 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.
Program content focuses on key areas of consumer knowledge that teens need to know to function effectively in today’s world:
Participants gain meaningful consumer knowledge, access to information, awareness of resources, and the ability and confidence to participate in today’s dynamic global marketplace. They also develop leadership abilities, become better decision-makers, and have fun in the process.
LifeSmarts is available to teens in every state through the Internet-based competition. Teams begin online by registering, taking practice quizzes and using online resources, and competing when they are ready. Top-scoring teams advance to in-person state competitions, and state champion teams compete at the National LifeSmarts Championship in April.
Visit www.lifesmarts.org to learn more!
WHAT WE NEED:
There are many ways to get involved:
TeamSmarts is an online LifeSmarts activity designed to be used by teams of students. Each quiz contains 100 questions, and a different topic is highlighted each month. Teams will be scored for speed and accuracy. When they are done competing, teams will see how they place against teams across the country. Prizes are awarded to top-scoring teams each month.
LifeSmarts U provides self-study lessons that may be complemented by classroom or group activities. Current lessons focus on personal finance, technology, and fraud.
Each lesson includes pre- and post-tests, an article, an online game, a lesson plan, an activity, a slide presentation with notes, and more. Lessons are tied to national standards.
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