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Financial education programs offered this week

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:28 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Saving for college? Preparing for retirement?  Just wish you were better at managing your money?

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and more than 250 partner organizations are hosting 500 free financial education events during Money Smart Week® Chicago April 20-27.

Money Smart Week® events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies throughout the Chicago area on topics including, kids and money, unemployment, managing student debt and retirement. Many of the events are offered in different languages.

Event information is available at www.moneysmartweek.org.

“We are excited to once again host Money Smart Week® and to see this program continue to expand to give more people the tools and knowledge they can use to make good financial decisions,” said Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  “Since 2002 when we first launched this program, more than 500,000 people have taken advantage of the expert financial advice this program offers.”

Money Smart Week® 2013 also includes the 10th Money Smart Kid Essay Contest for students, grades 5-8, and the Financial Literacy and Education Summit co-hosted by Visa on April 17. The topic of this year’s summit is Improving Women’s Financial Literacy and Capabilities Globally.

To learn more about Money Smart Week® visit www.moneysmartweek.org  

About Money Smart Week®

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 35 states through national partnerships with the American Library Association and the Financial Planning Association. New 2013 national partners are the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension.

More than 3,000 free, financial literacy programs are offered nationwide during Money Smart Week® on topics ranging from budgeting to saving for college and retirement.  Events are coordinated and hosted by partnering organizations including local banks, universities, government agencies, community groups and libraries.

Local Workshops

“Why It's Time to Buy" — a workshop on housing, mortgages and foreclosures — will take place at Standard Bank, 515 U.S. 6, Minooka, from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 23.

“Financial Check-Up Workshop" — a workshop on investing and wealth building — will take place at Standard Bank, 10 S. Kankakee St., Coal City, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25.

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