NEW YORK, N.Y. – Working in Support of Education (w!se) is delighted to announce a renewed grant from The Allstate Foundation to support w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification program in Upstate New York for the 2016-17 school year. This award-winning program is offered in high schools across the state to support the Department of Education graduation requirement that all students take a course on personal finance.

The Financial Literacy Certification program is central to w!se’s aim to strengthen and measure financial education levels. The program supports personal finance instruction in high schools. Students can become Certified Financially Literate™ and earn w!se’s coveted CFL™ if they take and pass w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Test.

“The Allstate Foundation’s Good Starts Young programming aims to inspire young people to engage in service learning to increase their academic success, improve college and workplace readiness and instill active citizenship skills while making meaningful contributions to our local, national and global community,” said Kayla Taylor, New York Allstate Foundation spokesperson. “The important education that w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification program offers students throughout New York is critical to empower them with financial literacy skills to reach their fullest potential.”

The Allstate Foundation has supported the Financial Literacy Certification program since 2006.

“We are honored that our cherished sponsor, The Allstate Foundation, has chosen to support w!se through this grant,” said Phyllis Frankfort Perillo, w!se President and CEO. “Research continues to demonstrate that financial education programs make a real difference in the lives of students and we are excited to once again partner with The Allstate Foundation to deliver high impact, innovative programs,” she added.

About the Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit

About the w!se Financial Literacy Program

The w!se Financial Literacy Certification program is an innovative and high impact initiative in financial education designed to help high school students graduate financially literate. Participating schools teach a course on personal finance and then administer w!se’s national standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test. To support instruction, w!se provides professional development, a curriculum aligned to national and state standards and other value added teaching tools. A hallmark program feature is the w!se CFL™. Students who pass the Certification Test become Certified Financially Literate (CFL™). The program, now in 43 states, is rapidly growing and has become integral to personal finance instruction in thousands of classrooms.

About w!se

Working In Support of Education (w!se) is a New York based educational 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving lives nationwide through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workplace. w!se serves low-to-moderate-income communities nationally. Media Contact: Steven Appel at

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