CARE: Credit Abuse Resistance Education

Bankruptcy Judge Issues Financial Literacy Month Challenge

In a growing and changing 21st century economy, our younger generations will need to depend on strong financial management skills more than ever. As professionals in bankruptcy, we often see consumers and business leaders at their financial worst with high-stress levels and low levels of hope.

CARE is an organization working to provide our future generations with the skills they need to be smarter financial managers and stay out of the courtroom as consumers in bankruptcy. This is one of the reasons I volunteer for CARE in the Southern District of Florida. In the many years of teaching, I have had the opportunity to see the immediate impact of this basic information on students and their teachers.  I can only hope they have followed through with the same enthusiasm they showed in class.  You too can experience the satisfaction of knowing that the information you share will make a difference.

Financial Literacy Month Challenge

April is National Financial Literacy Month and CARE is launching a challenge to ABI members. In the month of April, commit to making one one-hour presentation to a high school class, youth group, or college group using CARE’s presentation materials. In one hour, you can share valuable insights on making smarter credit decisions, paying for post-high school education, pitfalls of student loans, and how to budget and save money.

Visit the CARE website,, and click on the curriculum tab to view our materials. You can  commit to CARE’s Financial Literacy Month Challenge by emailing Ian Redman at [email protected]

About the Author

Judge Laurel M. Isicoff serves on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida in Miami. She was the district’s first woman to be named a bankruptcy judge when she took the bench in 2006. Judge Isicoff previously worked as a partner for Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. She has also spoken at numerous American Bankruptcy Institute conferences on various bankruptcy topics. Judge Isicoff also serves on the Board of Directors for CARE and is a volunteer coordinator for CARE’s Miami Chapter.

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