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UW Extension educator wins Governor's Financial Literacy Award

Walker honors Susan Taylor for ‘Financial Change' coaching program

MADISON, Wis. - An educator with the Dane County UW Extension won the 2013 Governor's Financial Literacy Award.

Susan Taylor and 19 other recipients were honored for their efforts in promoting financial literacy among Wisconsin citizens. The awards were awarded by Gov. Scott Walker on Feb. 26 in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Taylor was honored for her "Financial Change" coaching program, which incorporates group education, one-on-one financial assessment and a program that pairs low-income families with a financial coach. In her role as lead financial educator, Taylor has been involved with Head Start parents, homeless veterans and unwed teen mothers.

The recipients were selected from 52 nominations submitted to the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy for consideration. Criteria used in the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measureable results, collaboration with partners and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.

"Through their work to advance the cause of financial literacy, these worthy individuals and organizations are positively impacting the lives of thousands in communities across Wisconsin," Walker said. "Personal financial literacy is an important skill that can substantially improve the quality of life for people of all ages."


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