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Support LifeSmarts on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

hertzberg-1.jpgThis post originally appeared on LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. Written by Lisa Hertzberg, LifeSmarts Program Director.

I could not be more proud of NCL’s LifeSmarts program and the difference it makes for high school students. We educate the next generation of students about their worker and consumer rights, helping them learn about important real-world topics such as saving for their futures, nutrition, digital security and privacy, and much more. LifeSmarts is so successful because it provides teens with the skills and knowledge they need to evaluate risks and opportunities in order to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. It pushes students to use critical thinking skills and prepares them to apply these skills to the real world.

Congratulations, Merilee


NCL is honoring a LifeSmarts legend this month: after years of helping countless students and educators around the country, Missouri LifeSmarts State Coordinator Merilee Thoenen is retiring!

In addition to building one of the largest programs in the country, Merilee was recognized in 2014 as National Coordinator of the Year. As her teams and coaches can attest, her dedication to the LifeSmarts program is unparalleled.

Please join us in celebrating Merilee's great accomplishments as we wish her, her husband Jim, and their family the best, from all of us at LifeSmarts!

Read what people have had to say about Merilee’s career in consumer services and as a LifeSmarts volunteer:

The Missouri Department of Consumer Services

The Department would like to wish Merilee Thoenen well on her upcoming retirement. Merilee works in the Office of College and Career Readiness and handles numerous duties, including serving as Missouri's LifeSmarts Coordinator. Merilee was a teacher in Chamois and Linn before coming to the Department almost 10 years ago. She was always willing to go above and beyond to help everyone in the office, and our children around the state. Congratulations! 

LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg

We wish every state had someone like Merilee. She has given so much of her time, energy, and herself to make the program in Missouri one of our strongest. She truly cares about LifeSmarts, and—even moreso—she cares about the young people and educators the program reaches. She has been a great role model for new coordinators, and has shown LifeSmarts staff new ways to implement the program as well. Her retirement is well deserved, but we will miss her!  Happily, she has already committed to joining us next year in Denver for our 22nd national championship!

LifeSmarts coaches

Merilee is so positive. She loves this curriculum and encourages us to use it. She is always keeping us on our toes about what is going on at LifeSmarts. If I have a question, she will find the answer and get right back to me either by email or text. She is always available to help us and we know that she is happy to do it.

I have known Merilee for several years through competing at state LifeSmarts competitions. Her can-do attitude has encouraged me to push my kids to be successful with this program. I am so thankful for her and her smile, which has led my kids to a lot of opportunities that they wouldn't have had otherwise!! Thank you Merilee!! And thank you LifeSmarts!!

Merilee is one of those unsung heroes. She does this work out of sheer enjoyment as much as out of duty.

Florida takes national LifeSmarts title in 2015

This post originally appeared on LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League.

What an exciting conclusion to our 21st year! Florida topped Rhode Island by the slimmest of margins – just 2 points – to win the National LifeSmarts Championship last week in Seattle, WA.

The LifeSmarts Safety Smart connection

This post originally appeared on LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League.

For the past two years LifeSmarts has partnered with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) on its Safety Smart® Ambassador program to provide a way for LifeSmarts students to give back through community service. LifeSmarts students become Safety Smart Ambassadors by delivering interactive safety messages to younger children in their communities.

Seven tips to creating a winning LifeSmarts team

This post originally appeared on the LifeSmarts blog.

Hello all, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Over the break the members of the LifeSmarts team were hard at work making sure that the 2015 Nationals will be the best one yet! In addition to our usual preparation we have put together the top 7 tips to creating a winning LifeSmarts team. Below, I have included a few highlights from our list.

Life Lesson 5: How I Learned to #TurnOutForWhat

Seth WoodsOne of the reasons I love LifeSmarts is that we teach teens life lessons the easy way (rather than the hard way). We take that seriously, that’s why our motto is “Learn it. Live it.”

This time, I don’t have a “life lesson” per se, but rather an imposition:

Go vote. And if you’re not yet 18, make sure your friends who can vote do so.

LifeSmarts celebrates its 20th anniversary at the national championship in Orlando, Florida

2Students across the country will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend for the National LifeSmarts Championship. This tournament marks the 20th anniversary for the program, which arms high school students around the country with the knowledge needed to be savvy consumers and responsible adults. The tournament begins on Saturday and will culminate on Tuesday (4/29) with a live broadcast at of the semi-finals and finals.

LifeSmarts 20th anniversary season! Countdown to nationals

ls_championship.jpgFor its 20th anniversary year, NCL has launched an all-new, improved, and rebranded, providing new opportunities for participants and cultivating new partnerships. LifeSmarts has a new Web site with better navigation, usability, and social media integration, and a variety of new coaching and study resources, such as ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum podcasts for LifeSmarts, are available on the site, too.

LifeSmarts 2013: What a competition!

After four exciting days of individual assessments, group activities, and team buzzer matches, the Paxon School for Advanced Studies from Jacksonville, Florida outlasted 38 other teams from around the country to claim the title of LifeSmarts champion in the annual national competition. This year’s championship in Atlanta was the biggest competition ever, featuring teams from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and two student organizations, FCCLA and FBLA.