April is National Financial Literacy Month. During this month, institutions and organizations are gearing up to help those they serve make better money decisions. Lots of activities are in the works, several of which are described below. In addition, we would like to know your plans for promoting financial literacy on your campus or in your community!
TG to host two major events
For Financial Literacy Month, TG is hosting two major events in Texas.
One event is our 2nd Annual Financial Literacy Credit Report Telethon, during which TG will be taking calls from residents in San Antonio and surrounding areas and encouraging callers to visit www.annualcreditreport.com to receive their credit report free of charge from each of the three national credit reporting agencies. The event encourages students (and all members of the community) to monitor their reports for accuracy, to stay in tune with their financial status, and to prevent identity theft.
The second event is a recorded program entitled "College Costs: When to Talk about Planning for College," which will be set up as a panel discussion, with speakers who will lend their expertise on college access and success efforts, financial literacy as it pertains to college costs and completion efforts, as well as issues of concern to the business community. The panel will provide expert opinion and in-depth dialogue about college costs, perceptions about college affordability, and various resources and methods parents and students can use to pay for college. The program will air on the San Antonio PBS station KLRN on April 12 at 8:00 p.m. and a recording will be made available on TG Online in mid-April. More information will be available in a future posting of Shoptalk.
FTC provides resources
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has an article promoting materials available for use during this important month. In that article, David Vladeck, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said, "Making well-informed decisions about money is a key life skill. Financial Literacy Month is a great time to learn your financial rights — or teach someone you care about."
Organization to hold Quiz Bowl based on TG Financial Literacy Program mini-modules
The Illinois College Advising Corps will be conducting its first Financial Literacy Quiz Bowl. Its advisors have used TG Financial Literacy Program's mini-modules to teach high school students about money management. Selected students from each high school will compete in the Quiz Bowl on April 13 to test the knowledge they obtained through the mini-modules.
College campuses mix it up
Many college campuses across the country are also preparing for next month. Some are organizing financial literacy fairs. These are typically events with booths set up in areas that have high student traffic, staffed with representatives from banks/credit unions, the financial aid office, and possibly even experts to assist with debt management issues. At such events, students visit each booth to gain valuable information and receive goodies from various businesses and organizations promoting financial literacy. Other campuses direct their focus by offering classes on a single day or a series on a variety of financial literacy related topics throughout the month.
Your turn — Let us know what you are doing on your campus!
What are you doing on your campus? What creative event you are offering to your students or to your community?