Archive for Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Teens to learn about consumer issues

January 28, 2009

In an effort to educate young people about consumer threats, my office is hosting two student consumer workshops for Kansas high school students during National Consumer Protection Week in early March. The workshops are free and will educate students about consumer issues before they head out on their own to make important financial decisions.

The first workshops of this kind hosted by the Attorney General’s Office - one at the University of Kansas and one at Kansas State University - will focus on teaching students financial skills to succeed in life.

It is important that our teenagers learn the ins and outs of being a smart consumer early. These workshops will help students be better equipped to make important financial choices, protect their identities, and maintain good credit throughout their adult life. Students in this age group consume the most debt and are seen as an easy target.

Each workshop will consist of multiple presentations from public speakers, including myself. The topics will include: the ABCs of personal finance, Contracts: a foreign language, Student Loan Practices, Protecting your Identity and other issues affecting today’s students.

Consumer protection is a priority for my office. I encourage students to join me for this learning opportunity. I also encourage teachers and school officials to share this opportunity with their students. By teaching students more about financial literacy early, we can protect their credit in the future.

The free workshops will be held at KU on March 3rd  and at KSU on March 6th and include complimentary lunch. Information on the workshops has been disseminated to all high schools across the state. Registration information is also available online at www.ksag.org.

— Steve Six is Kansas Attorney General.

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