FinLit Heroes: Friday, November 13, 2015

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Note: This is the first in our weekly series of HFF Financial Literacy Heroes. We’ll be posting and linking daily to financial literacy news from across the country and around the world. Then, every Friday, we’ll put together our list of the top movers and shakers in personal finance from the previous week. If you’ve been fighting the good fight, look for your name among our FinLit Heroes and watch for our posts across our social media outlets.

Our FinLit Heroes this Friday include two teachers, a country (?!), a famous actor, and someone you know.

Shelagh Quigley

A high school teacher at two schools in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, Ms. Quigley is driving an impressive movement to jump-start her students’ financial literacy. Her efforts involve traveling across the country to meet like-minded educators and taking a personal role in designing her parish’s financial literacy program. Her commitment to improving student outcomes earns her a spot among this Friday’s FinLit Heroes.

Read more about Shelagh in the Sulphur (Louisiana) Daily News >>

MetaBank

Having hosted Operation Hope chairman  John Hope Bryant on our show, we’re excited to hear about the organization’s new partnership, worth $1 million, with North Dakota-based bank MetaBank. The partnership is intended to help advance Operation Hope’s mission of providing financial literacy programs for the nation’s underprivileged.

Read more at Argus Leader >>

Hill Harper

The author and actor, best known for his star turn on CSI:New York, spends time educating kids on the importance of being financially fit from a young age. His work is part of MassMutual’s “FutureSmart” financial education outreach program.

Read more at The Denver Post >>

Michael Florimonte

Mr. Florimonte, a high school teacher, was named the Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition. After a career in investing, Mr. Florimonte decided to dedicate his financial nous to the service of students at Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Kentucky. His success to date earns him a nod as one of this week’s HFF FinLit Heroes.

Read more at The Lane Report >>

Canada

Remember celebrating Financial Literacy Month? It wasn’t so long ago–April, in fact. But it’s come again already this November, thanks to our neighbors to the north, who do things their own way. It doesn’t take much to get us celebrating financial literacy, so let’s join in the fun as Canada celebrates its own Financial Literacy Month!

Read more at Prosper Canada >>

And…You!

Yes, you. In our first weekly FinLit Heroes post, we feel it’s important to remind you to strive to be a FinLit Hero yourself! Whether that means getting your own finances in order or hitting the right notes when you pass on what you know to the next generation, each and every one of you (and us) holds the key to making our collective future less stressful and more secure. So keep your goals in mind, remember that only you can protect your financial future, and, of course, don’t forget to tune in every week to Home & Family Finance Radio!