Is A Bankruptcy Lawyer or Judge Coming To A School Near You? The C.A.R.E. Program: What Is It?

29 Oct Is A Bankruptcy Lawyer or Judge Coming To A School Near You? The C.A.R.E. Program: What Is It?

With the new school year, your kids may have brought home a flyer about a C.A.R.E. program being scheduled.   C.A.R.E. stands for Credit Abuse Resistance Education and is a program created by Chief Judge John Ninfo (U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of New York).  The C.A.R.E. program is aimed at high school seniors and college students.  The program teaches them about using credit and how to (hopefully) wisely use credit cards.   These high schoolers and new college students are the most vulnerable to predatory credit practices as their financial I.Q. has not yet been tested.

Bankruptcy judges all over the country have joined together to promote financial education for our young people and have encouraged other bankruptcy professionals to join with them as they travel to high schools or campuses to present the program materials.   Usually, a judge and an attorney present the program and can offer different perspectives to the students on why folks end up in bankruptcy court.   Judge Ninfo has made his materials freely available to educators, students, parents and professionals, in an effort to educate the public on why folks end up in bankruptcy. 

The  program is free and volunteers are waiting to hear from schools to set up presentations.  If your teen has not brought home a brochure, call your school and ask to have a presentation scheduled.  If you are a school administrator and have not been contacted by the C.A.R.E. coordinator in your area, please check out the map on the C.A.R.E. website and click on your state.  You will be taken to a Google map with name and contact information displayed.   If you are a bankruptcy attorney, please consider joining the effort to educate and protect our young people.

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I'm a consumer protection lawyer in Oregon, working with people in Klamath; Lake; Jackson; Josephine; Curry; and Deschutes County. I speak regularly on bankruptcy and consumer protection issues nationwide.
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