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Local Involvement Encouraged

Bankruptcy attorneys, U.S. Trustees, and trustees in the Southern District of California are invited to join the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and its educational outreach efforts by presenting credit-abuse workshops to high schools and college classes in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Several attorneys, U.S. Trustees, and trustees already have expressed interest in presenting a CARE Program workshop. Click here to access a list displaying those individuals interested in giving a CARE presentation, along with the school, organization, or geographic area at which they indicated they wished to present:

Attorney Gary Holt assists in the CARE presentation at Crawford Educational Complex

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Ready-to-Use Materials

The bankruptcy attorneys, U.S. Trustees, and trustees can easily conduct a CARE Program workshop using a PowerPoint presentation created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California's Training Department. Together with the real-life knowledge and experiences that the bankruptcy attorneys, U.S. Trustees, and trustees can provide, this valuable presentation presents facts about credit and tips for credit cards usage. It also encourages discussion regarding properly managing credit.

The following items comprise the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of California's CARE Program presentation materials:

When you give a CARE Program presentation, you certainly are not obligated to use these materials; you have the freedom to present the program in any manner that you see fit. However, given the classroom time constraints, you may wish to use these materials to wisely use the allotted time and to facilitate the learning. (See Giving a CARE Program Presentation located on this page in the gray sidebar at the right.)

PowerPoint Presentation

Download the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California's CARE Program presentation:

English presentation (in PowerPoint; 3.3 MB) | Spanish presentation (in PowerPoint; 3.1 MB)

English presentation (in PDF; 8.6 MB)

Notes:

The videos embedded in the PDF version of the English
PowerPoint presentation will not play.

The Spanish presentation is an older version of the English CARE presentation.
It is not the same as the current English version.

The Training Department at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California has helped develop a PowerPoint presentation to help bankruptcy attorneys, U.S. Trustees, and trustees teach high school and college students about credit abuse and student loans.

The presentation stimulates thought and encourages discussion about credit card usage, credit reports, managing credit, and student loans. In addition, bankruptcy attorneys, U.S. Trustees, and trustees who voluntarily present the CARE Program to students are strongly urged to share with them their wealth of knowledge about credit management and abuse. Students can greatly benefit from their presenter's unique personal knowledge and experiences of real people who have had financial problems and have suffered serious consequences because of their overspending and debt-filled lives.

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Video

A 10-minute video, titled Balancing Act, can add a great amount of interest to the CARE Program presentation. It's a two-part video produced by Channel One for young adults that warns of the dangers of abusing credit cards. This video is on a DVD disc that can easily be shown to students using a DVD player.

Presenters can borrow a copy of the DVD containing the video from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of California. Contact the CARE Program Coordinator for more information about borrowing a copy of the DVD and other CARE Program presentation materials.

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Handouts

Pre-Test

A great way to begin a presentation is to give the students a quiz to test their knowledge of credit cards and credit card abuse. Distribute the quiz to students as they enter the classroom or auditorium, and give them 5 to 10 minutes to work on the quiz. Then review the quiz answers with them either before beginning your CARE presentation or after the presentation.

The pre-test encourages the students to think about the subject, and helps to maintain their interest while you give the presentation. They pay more attention, because they're watching for the correct answers!

Other Handouts

Four CARE Program handouts can be distributed to students before, during, or after the presentation. Each handout is a single page and contains numbered or bulleted items that make for it easy for students to read and remember. The handouts are:

CARE Program Handout: The Real Cost of Credit
Credit Card Abuse Program: Overview of CARE Lessons

Consequences of Abuse of Credit
(that you don't want to learn the hard way)

Additional Information and Materials

You can supplement your knowledge about the CARE Program by accessing Judge Ninfo's CARE Program Web site. On this site, you'll find more illustrations to supplement the PowerPoint presentation. Click for more information about additional presentation materials.

Student Evaluations

After you finish your presentation, evaluate your presentation's effectiveness by having each of the students complete an evaluation. Download a copy of the evaluation (in PDF format) and print enough copies for all the students in your presentation(s).

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    More Ideas Presenters

Read how Joel Ohlgren, a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, is presenting the CARE Program to Santa Barbara, California, schools:

Attorney Leads New Credit-Abuse Education Program

Source: Daily Journal Extra (a supplement to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal)
May 23, 2005, page 10.

(Note: The article is in PDF format
and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.)

Judge Hargrove himself encounters credit card solicitations

At Notre Dame University, his alma mater,
former judge Hargrove fights the urge
for yet another credit card
despite the free t-shirt.

Giving a CARE Program Presentation

When you give a CARE Program presentation, you will be introducing the subject of credit abuse to your audience. It very likely will be their first exposure to the subject.

The students will benefit from your first-hand knowledge of the consequences of bad credit and debt.

Given that most classroom sessions range in length from 40 to 50 minutes, this probably allows only enough time to:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Show the PowerPoint presentation
  • Discuss the slides
  • Answer questions
  • Distribute the handouts

If time permits, you may want to show the video Things I Learned the Hard Way.

At the end of your presentation, you may want to evaluate your presentation's effectiveness by having each of the students complete the CARE evaluation (in PDF format).

For a step-wise approach on how to get started with your CARE Program presentation,
click here.

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