The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago sponsors a free program called Monday Smart Week. Since 2002, more than 40 different organizations have come together to provide financial education in conjunction with local groups. Running from April 22 – 29, 2017, Money Smart Week helps everyone understand “how to spend it, save it and borrow it wisely.”
Under the tag line, “Are You Money Smart?” the groups come together to offer more than 500 free educational classes. In libraries, nonprofit offices, schools, banks and other locations, financial advisors meet with small group to share important life lessons to children and adults.
What can you learn? Here are just some of the topics:
Basic Banking Function
Credit & Debt Management
Healthy Habits that Save
Identity Theft/Investment Scams/Financial Fraud
Investing & Wealth Building
Kids & Money
Saving & Planning for College
Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Teens & Money
Money Smart Week really covers the entire Chicagoland area from Crystal Lake to Naperville to Joliet to Palos Heights. No matter what your money interest or concern, you can find a local seminar to help you learn how to manage your money and help your family create a solid foundation for the future. You can find your local event by using the interactive Money Smart Week event map.
Kids who might feel more comfortable learning online rather than attending a session can play financial literacy games like Bite Club, Financial Soccer, Groove Nation, Farm Blitz, Money Metropolis and Refund Rush. These are fun, easy to play games created by experts to give kids a solid financial foundation. These are also recognized as providing excellence in financial education. For example, Farm Blitz is the 2011 EIFLE Award Winner. According to the EIFLE website, “each year, the Institute for Financial Literacy presents the EIFLE Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional innovation, dedication and commitment to the field of financial literacy education.”
Everyone wants to be more money smart, so take a few minutes to check out the interactive map of locations and topics. You can register for as many free events as fit your interests.
Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
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