About the Program

Volunteer for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program and you too can help high school students across Massachusetts learn about making informed and effective decisions regarding their finances through educational and experiential opportunities.

Thanks to the collaboration with the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Massachusetts and the assistance of the Hampden County Bar Association and Hampshire County Bar Association, 1,400 volunteers have reached over 5,800 students statewide since 2005. This program consists of three classroom modules, along with a mock trial presentation in the United States Bankruptcy Court. You can teach in a classroom or you can put your acting hat on and join the mock trial presentation.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Personal Finance & Budgeting
  • Using Credit & Credit Cards
  • Financing a Large Purchase
  • Consequences of Poor Financial Management

Named for former BBA president M. Ellen Carpenter, the program has been recognized by the National Association of Bar Executives and awarded a grant from the American College of Bankruptcy.

Time Commitment

The total time commitment, including training, classroom preparation, and classroom time, averages 3-5 hours.

Requirements for Volunteering:

  • No specific experience required.
  • A training for the program is held in early January. However, the training is not mandatory.
  • All materials will be provided.


For more information on the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, please contact Ariana Gebauer, Public Service Programs Manager, at agebauer@bostonbar.org

Boston Bar Foundation

This program is supported in part by the Boston Bar Foundation. To learn more about what the BBF does, click here.