Project SCREEN will train elder service workers to be financial educators
South Portland, ME – Feb. 23, 2010 – The Institute for Financial Literacy has developed a program to train senior service providers to teach financial literacy skills to their clients. A two-part program, Project SCREEN (Senior Citizen & Retiree Empowerment Education Network) enrolls service providers in the Certified Educator in Personal FinanceTM program and will provide certified participants with a curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of older adults. For more information or to download the scholarship application, visit www.Screen4Seniors.org.
“Older adults are vulnerable to a number of financial threats, including fraud, identity theft and financial elder abuse. Combine these with the challenges of living on a fixed income and it becomes clear that financial literacy is a necessary skill for elders,” noted Leslie Linfield, Executive Director & Founder of the Institute for Financial Literacy. “Project SCREEN will train senior service workers to effectively teach financial literacy skills to elders in their community. Service providers will also be able to use the skills gained through SCREEN to help their clients and their caregivers successfully navigate financial issues.”
Participants in Project SCREEN will receive scholarships to the Center for Financial Certification’s Certified Educator in Personal Finance TM (CEPF TM ) program, a professional certification and training program developed to improve the knowledge and expertise of financial literacy educators. Upon receiving their certification, participants will receive Senior Financial Safety, a book that addresses the unique needs of older adults.
Project SCREEN is program of the Institute for Financial Literacy, provided in partnership with the AssetPlatform.org. AssetPlatform.org, being developed by the Aspen Institute and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, offers user-friendly products, services and training for staff at nonprofit organizations providing financial education, coaching and asset-building services.
The Institute for Financial Literacy is a non-profit financial literacy organization. The Institute’s mission is to make effective financial literacy education available to all American adults. The Institute accomplishes its mission by developing financial literacy education materials, publishing the National Standards in Adult Financial Literacy Education, maintaining the Library of Personal Finance and providing professional development and training through the Center for Financial Certifications. For more information about the Institute and its programs, please contact 207-221-3613 or visit www.FinancialLit.org.