M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program

Preparing High School Students Across Massachusetts

Students learning about financial literacy in a classroom.

The M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program has helped high school students across Massachusetts learn about making informed and effective decisions regarding their finances through educational and experiential opportunities.

A group of M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program participants at bankruptcy court.

A 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, the program, which began in 2005, has brought more than 1,400 volunteers to classrooms and educational settings statewide to teach over 5,800 students.  In three classroom modules, along with a mock trial presentation in the United States Bankruptcy Court, students became versed in personal finance & budgeting, using credit and credit cards and the consequences of poor financial management. 

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

People at bankruptcy court.
This program was made possible in part by the Boston Bar Foundation.