There is one month I really enjoy, and it’s the month of April. I bet you can guess why. It’s because it’s Financial Literacy month! If you’ve not familiar with the purpose of Financial Literacy Month, let me take a moment to explain. In a word, it’s a month dedicated to reminding consumers of the importance of learning the basics about money and making good money decisions.
Free activities are being held all over the United States in the means of workshops, seminars, school events, and many other outreach initiatives. In my own backyard, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, through their Money Smart Week initiative, is providing a wide range of educational programs throughout the United States. Below is what is outlined on their website:
“Money Smart Week® is… achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media.” (1)
Let me share a sampling of topics for those readers in the Chicago area. And, I’m sure that in other states, similar topics (if not the same) are also being offered:
√ Basic Banking Services
√ Credit & Debt Management
√ Money Management for Women
√ Retirement Planning
√ Kids & Money
√ Reverse Mortgages
When I was downtown in Chicago last week, I stopped by the Federal Reserve and picked up their Calendar of Events for Money Smart Week (April 5 – 12, 2014). There are a total of 22 topic categories listed in their 39 page catalog. And, the list of events is also available online at their website.
For those of you not in the Chicago area, you can go directly to the Money Smart Week website and check out the U.S. map they provide. Click on the state you wish and find out what is being offered in your area. (2)
If you haven’t taken advantage of the many FREE workshops and/or classes offered to consumers via Money Smart Week, take advantage of it. I know you’ll be so glad you did.
I encourage you to sign up for at least one free class, if time permits. Stop by and visit www.moneysmartweek.org and take the opportunity to learn more about the basics of money.
(1) Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: Portal page for Money Smart Week
Note: The direct link for Money Smart Week is: www.moneysmartweek.org
(2) Money Smart Week.org: Select your state and find a free workshop or class for Money Smart Week.
Note: I took the above photograph when I was downtown as referenced in the Post. It was taken on Michigan Avenue. The Art Institute is just up the street. If you look really close, you can see the green lion! Below are a couple of other photos I took.