Patrick Quinn, Governor of Illinois, Proclaims April 20-27, 2013 Money Smart Week in Illinois
First Lady of Wisconsin, Tonette Walker, Supports Money Smart Week Wisconsin
Tonette Walker, First Lady of Wisconsin and Ambassador for the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, supports Money Smart Week Wisconsin, April 20-27. Read her letter in support of Money Smart Week then find a class in Wisconsin.
Library Webinars and Presentations
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are planning to host a number of webinars, and in-person presentations at a variety of state association conferences this fall. Join hundreds of other libraries around the country next spring in this ALA national initiative to provide financial education programming. All types of libraries are encouraged to participate. With past programs having taken place in public, academic, school, and even prison libraries, Money Smart Week and ALA are able to provide classes that cater to your target audience.
Join the ALA for the ‘how to’ webinar taking place on October 18 from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Tune in to learn how to register and for ideas and suggestions from librarians who have already created successful ‘Money Smart Week @ Your Library’ programming.
‘At the Workplace Initiative’ Bringing MSW to your company
In 2012, four companies—Urban Partnership Bank, Social Security Administration, S & C Electric, and US Army Active Officers—joined MSW’s ‘At the Workplace Initiative’. This program gives Chicago employers the opportunity to offer classes to their employees right in their own building. This program has been a large success with more than 60 events and 1,350 employees participating in 2012. Bringing Money Smart Week into the workplace is a great way to build community amongst your employees while simultaneously providing them with the opportunity to enhance their financial literacy skills. If your workplace does not participate in the ‘At the Workplace Initiative’ we still encourage you to get your company involved in MSW. Many companies achieve this by handing out calendars, making a posting on the company’s website, or simply hanging a flyer in the hallway. Click here to learn how you can get involved.
Assist Veterans and Become a Volunteer Financial Coach
On Friday, October 26 in Eau Claire, WI, there will be a training workshop for volunteers wanting to assist veterans with making wise financial decisions. This new initiative, part of Wisconsin veteran’s financial literacy program, is giving the public an opportunity to make a positive difference in a veteran’s life. The workshop will focus on how financial “coaching” differs from financial “counseling”, in that it will not turn volunteers into “experts”, but instead equip them with the tools to be monitor other financial advice given. This will be done through various one-one-one coaching sessions through a process largely driven by the veteran. Volunteers will learn how to both encourage and advise the veterans, providing emotional support as well as financial advice. Participants will leave the training with effective coaching skills, evaluation strategies, and a coaching toolkit. In order to successfully complete this training program, participants are expected to have a general knowledge of financial education. Registration is free and includes the all-day training event, lunch and materials. Don’t wait to sign up, claim your spot today!
President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability Launches New Website
Money as You Grow(external), developed by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, provides 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons—with corresponding activities—that kids need to know as they grow. Written in down-to-earth language for children and their families, Money as You Grow will help equip kids with the knowledge they need to live fiscally fit lives. The lessons in Money as You Grow are based on more than a year of research, drawn from dozens of standards, curricula, and academic studies.
Michigan House declares April 21-28, 2012, as Money Smart Week
The Michigan House recently passed a resolution declaring April 21-28, 2012, as Money Smart Week in Michigan. It recognizes the efforts of partners across the state and the importance of financial education for all Michiganders. Read the resolution(external-pdf) then find(external) a class near you!
First Lady of Wisconsin Supports Money Smart Week
In a recent letter(pdf), First Lady of Wisconsin, Tonett Walker, expressed her support for Money Smart Week and stressed the importance of financial literacy. She explained that education is the key to surviving financially when the economy is rapidly changing. On behalf of the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, she urges all citizens to participate and be part of the activities going on in their communities. Organizing committees and volunteers have been working together to provide hundreds of free classes and seminars all over the state. She believes that Money Smart Week "truly makes a difference in the lives of many Wisconsin citizens." Visit(external) the online calendar to find a class near you!
Learn the Facts About Your Credit ReportIn the most recent issue of FTC Facts for Consumers, the Federal Trade Commission informs readers how to dispute credit report errors. An easy-to-understand process is detailed, giving you instructions on who to contact, what information to provide and when to do so. Don’t know how to access and review your credit report? No need to worry, information on who to contact and directions on how to order your report for free are provided. Read(pdf) the facts and get credit smart!
Weathering Tough Economic Times—12 Tips for 2012
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation just released Weathering Tough Economic Times—12 Tips for 2012, which provides Americans with practical help for making sound financial decisions and saving for their future. The resources highlighted in Weathering Tough Economic Times—12 Tips for 2012(external) are based on FINRA and FINRA Foundation research and tools that can help consumers keep their finances on course. Take a look and stay on track in 2012!