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2014 Grant Recipients
Congratulations to our 2014 Investor Education Grant Recipients.

Grant RecipientsGrants were awarded to 6 Kansas organizations. The grants, which total $78,000, were awarded through the KSC Investor Education and Protection Fund.

Communities in Schools, Lawrence, $15,000
Communities in Schools of Mid-America, Inc. (CIS) is an organization whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. One key program provided by CIS is Reality U, which focuses on student preparation for an employable future. It is a multi-day financial literacy exercise that provides a hands-on learning experience in a simulation setting for students to prepare them for life after high school. CIS brings in community volunteers representing several different community organizations to make the simulation even more life-like. CIS used the funds to expand the Reality U financial literacy program to serve more high school students throughout Kansas.

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., Northeast Kansas, $23,000

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI) is a non-profit agency that specializes in counseling and education for budgeting, credit, debt, bankruptcy, tenant and landlord education, student loan repayment, mortgage default, reverse mortgage and home ownership. HCCI’s Women & Money series is a 7-week course that was developed by women for women who want to manage their personal finances well, build assets, and plan ahead for life changes. Topics covered during the series are spending and saving, credit reports, borrowing money, insurance options, investing, social security benefits, and life planning. HCCI of Topeka used the funds to support their existing Women & Money Series in Topeka and also expand the series to women in Northeast Kansas, including Wyandotte and Johnson Counties.

Junior Achievement of Kansas- Sedgwick County, Wichita, $10,000
Junior Achievement of Kansas (JA) is an organization whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.JA of Kansas teaches children about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workplace readiness. Each week during the school year, community business leaders and volunteers go into classrooms to give children real-life role models teaching these critical life skills. JA was awarded monies to expand and enhance financial literacy and entrepreneurship training in Wichita-area school districts.

Kansas Council on Economic Education, Wichita, $10,000
The Kansas Council on Economic Education (KCEE) is a non-profit organization that equips teachers to educate students in economics and personal finance. KCEE’s vision is that students will become more knowledgeable consumers, wiser savers and investors, better employees and more responsible citizens who are capable of managing their finances, evaluating policy decisions, and helping to avoid future economic and financial crises. KCEE provides financial education through numerous programs and competitions, such as the Stock Market Game, InvestWrite essay contest, and the Life Smarts program. Funds were awarded to help defray the cost of participation in the Stock Market Game for Kansas students in grades 3-12.

Liberal Area Coalition for Families, Liberal, $10,000
Tri-Agency Intervention DBA Liberal Area Coalition for Families (LACF) serves as a forum for the advancement of community health and services through networking with government, non-profits, civic service and business organizations. The Coalition was created to identify gaps in community resources and services and to help establish programs where there is a need. Funding awarded to the LACF is being used to enhance existing financial education programming to targeted populations, including homeless shelter residents, women in domestic violence situations, mental health clients and teens aging out of the foster care system. LACF is providing free programming to these populations using the Allstate Foundation Financial Empowerment Curriculum, which teaches concepts such as developing a budget plan and how to detect securities fraud.

North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Manhattan, $10,000

The North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (NCFHAAA) is a multi-dimensional, private, non-profit organization that plans, coordinates and sponsors services in 18 north central Kansas counties to enhance the quality and dignity of life of older Kansans and their families. Some services provided by NCFHAAA are Friendship Meals/Meals on Wheels, Medicare benefits counseling, and information, referral and assistance to seniors and caregivers. NCFHAAA utilized funding to enhance existing financial literacy efforts and to educate senior and family caregivers about the prevention of securities fraud through programs such as the Keynotes newspaper outreach, production and distribution of financial literacy brochures, Answers for Older Kansans workshops and counseling, and outreach through the "Keeping Americans in the Game!" Initiative.

Here is a map showing where the grant recipients are located:

Map of Recipients