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Toija Riggins

One Hundred Years of Cooperative Extension The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 created the Cooperative Extension Service as a partnership between U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the land-grant university (LGU) system, and local governments. USDA supports both the universities and local offices of the Cooperative Extension System to bring science directly to... Read More >

Kate S. Mielitz

For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that I found numerous reasons to #Raise(MY)AFCPEVoice at this year’s Symposium…and after as well. What I hope catches people by pleasant surprise is how this year’s Symposium helped me identify how I want to use my voice going forward.... Read More >

Kyle Grevengoed

The AFCPE® Government Relations Task Force seeks to be a resource for today’s policymakers and legislators, where they can hear the thoughts of the everyday Americans in one, strong, knowledgeable and non-partisan voice. This year at the AFCPE Annual Research and Training Symposium, we held a breakout session to discuss the... Read More >

Leslie Green-Pimentel

I am excited and humbled at the opportunity to serve as president of AFCPE® for 2019. I’d like to express my thanks to our past president, Jerry Buchko, for his time, dedication, and thoughtful service to AFCPE. I’d also like to say welcome to our new board members! Starlett Henderson (Practitioner)... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

Happy New Year from the AFCPE Staff Team!  Each New Year provides a tremendous opportunity to reflect and recharge for the fulfilling work that lays ahead. The 2018 AFCPE Annual Research and Training Symposium was the perfect culmination to a fantastic year. This year’s theme focused on engaging an inclusive... Read More >

Lori Mann

In financial coaching sessions, clients often confront and focus on on issues of income, debt, and barriers for savings. Savings for low, medium, high, debt-ridden, and debt-free clients is is one of the most frequent problems seen by financial professionals and the focus of this article. In financial coaching, through... Read More >

Margaret S. Sherraden

Millions of U.S. families find themselves in precarious financial circumstances, living on the wrong side of a growing income and wealth divide. Their jobs do not pay enough to support their families. Safety net programs have been diminished and at the same time, financial products and services are complex and... Read More >

Brent Neiser

There is a weight problem in America—no, not that weight problem, it is a growing stack of unaddressed financial "to-dos" cluttering the minds, emotions, attention spans and well-being of many Americans. From spending and debt to savings and retirement, housing and health care to college and credit, there are myriad financial... Read More >

Michael G. Thomas Jr.

Financial empathy matters because it creates a safe space where people can express their financial vulnerabilities without the fear of shame. Empathy, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is "the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another of... Read More >

Andre Milteer

Anthony ('Tony') Robbins is best known as a motivational and seminar speaker, personal counselor to celebrities, and a late-night television infomercial regular. Writing and promoting a number of best-selling books and programs, leading with "Unleash the Power Within," Robbins has expanded his footprint into the personal financial education publication genre.... Read More >

David Allen Ammerman

Over the past few years, Research Briefs have been published in The Standard with an intent to help practitioners become better consumers of research (O’Neill, 2016). The approach followed by most authors of Research Briefs has been to summarize a few research papers on a given topic, drawing out the... Read More >

Jerry Buchko

So here we are, my final President's letter of 2018 for The Standard. In hindsight, this year of service has gone by so much faster than I could have imagined. It really feels like only yesterday that I woke up and looked at the calendar, feeling both a bit nervous... Read More >