LifeSmarts

Missouri LifeSmarts

LifeSmarts teaches high school and junior high school students about:

  • personal finance,
  • consumer rights and responsibilities,
  • technology,
  • health and safety, and
  • the environment.

LifeSmarts develops the consumer and marketplace skills of teenagers in a fun way and rewards them for the knowledge they demonstrate. The program complements any curriculum in high schools and junior high schools and can be used as an activity for classes, groups, clubs, and community organizations.

LifeSmarts is an integrated educational program that can be used in math, science, language arts, social studies, career education or any curriculum to expand the general knowledge of students. It is open to students in grades 6-12. 

LifeSmarts is a teacher resource, a student resource and a place for competition!

Visual Guide to LifeSmarts in Missouri

If you have never given LifeSmarts a try, this could be the year for you to try the resources, lesson plans, competitions, and community service projects!  www.lifesmarts.org

For more information, contact: Donna Taylor, State LifeSmarts Coordinator, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, at molifesmarts@dese.mo.gov or (573) 522-6543.

 

2021-22 Calendar of Events

Online competition dates: TBA

State Competition paperwork due: TBA

State Competition Dates: TBA

The Varsity state winner will be invited to compete at the LifeSmarts National Competition. The competition is free.

State Competition

Congratulations to all students and coaches who participated in the 2021 Missouri LifeSmarts State Finals! This year we held our first ever virtual state competition.

Winners Announced

Junior Varsity
1st Place: Dutchmen One
2nd Place: Golden City Eagles
3rd Place: Dutchmen Two and CMS Tiger Ambush JV

Varsity
1st Place: Macon Varsity Tigers
2nd Place: BHS Falcons 1
3rd Place: Comet Commanders and Clearwater High School

Varsity Individual Topics Winners

Consumer Rights and Responsibilities: Max Quinn- Macon Area Career and Technical Education Center

Environment: Kylie Glover- Clearwater High School

Technology: Bridgette Veit- Fatima High School

Personal Finance: Jasmine Stewart- Macon Area Career and Technical Education Center

Health and Safety: Sarah Phan- Macon Area Career and Technical Education Center

2021 LifeSmarts Competitors

Junior Varsity State Competition
Team School Coach
CMS Tiger Ambush JV Clearwater Middle School Christy Johnson
Dutchmen One Owensville Middle School Heather Vinyard
Dutchmen Two Owensville Middle School Heather Vinyard
Golden City Eagles Golden City High School Kaitlyn Welch
Osage Wildcats Linn Middle School Alicia Troesser
Sheldon Middle Level FBLA Sheldon High School Christy Lockard

 

Varsity State Competition
Team School Coach
BHS Falcons 1 Blair Oaks High School Kristin Bushjost
Bradleyville HS FCCLA Bradleyville High School Lisa Taylor
Bulldog Pride South Callaway High School Tara Buthod
Brilliant Bison Buffalo High School Sara Gallivan
Comet Commanders Fatima High School Erica Libbert
Macon Varsity Tigers Macon Area Career and Technical Education Center Heidi Edwards
Huskers JV Lafayette Co C-1 High School Courtney Bergsieker
NEVC Knights Northeast Vernon County HS Laurie Bybee
Niangua FACS Niangua High School Angelia Kochs
Sheldon FBLA Sheldon High School Christy Lockard
The Big Herm Hermitage High School Jill Salmon
Tiger Ambush Clearwater High School Christy Johnson

 

Junior Varsity Competition

Junior Varsity LifeSmarts is a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 6-8 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. It is a program of the National Consumers League.

Youth from across the state first compete online for a chance to go to the in-person state finals held annually in Jefferson City, MO.

Varsity Competition

LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League. 

Teens from across the state first competed online for a chance to go to the in-person state finals held in December in Jefferson City. State varsity champions will compete at the national LifeSmarts competition.

TeamSmarts

TeamSmarts is a web-based team competition. Each month from September through January teams are invited to take a 100 point multiple-choice quiz focused on one LifeSmarts topic. Quizzes are open for the entire month. Prizes are awarded each month.

There are five categories of TeamSmarts teams. There are JV teams, Varsity teams, FBLA teams, FCCLA teams, and 4-H teams. FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) teams must be coached by a business (FBLA) or family consumer science (FCCLA) teacher and all of the members of those teams must be members of the student organization. Each winning team from each of the three categories receive $100 for winning that monthly competition.

More information on this program can be found here: https://lifesmarts.org/teamsmarts/

Resources

Sample Competition Questions

Question of the Day Calendars

Coach's Guide

National LifeSmarts Resources

 

Additional Resources/Websites

Yes You Can Financial Education from American Century Investments

Practical Money Skills

Common Craft- Videos about safe, responsible, and productive use of the computers and the internet

Spent- Virtual simulation about living on a minimum wage job 

On Guard Online- FTC online security tips and resources

Sponsors

Missouri LifeSmarts Sponsors:

Missouri Association Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

 

National LifeSmarts Sponsor:

National LifeSmarts is sponsored by the National Consumers League (NCL), based in Washington D.C. Founded in 1899, it is a national nonprofit organization that identifies, protects, represents and advances the economic and social interests of consumers and workers through education, research and advocacy.