Financial Literacy Month

Effective Financial Literacy: From Quality Programming to Advocacy

April 24 150x150 Effective Financial Literacy: From Quality Programming to AdvocacyBy Oscar E. Cruz, President & CEO of Families in School.

Since 2000, Families In Schools (FIS) has provided information and resources to low-income and immigrant families on how to support their child’s education. Our work is driven by the belief that quality education continues to be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and helping families reach their “American Dream.” A key component of our college awareness programs is helping families strengthen their financial habits to support their child’s college aspirations. In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, FIS would like to share key strategies we have found to be effective in working with low-income and immigrant communities regarding financial literacy: first, present financial literacy as a “tool” and not as the end goal; second, engage both students and their parents/guardians; and third, the methodology needs to be “asset-based.” Read more…

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Once is Not Enough—Together, Yes We Can

April 23 Once is Not Enough—Together, Yes We CanBy Helen Roberts, Clinical Professor in Economics at UIC and Director, UIC Center for Economic Education.

Practice Makes Perfect

How can our children learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be financially literate? Like reading and driving and other important life skills, one try, one course, one time is not enough to be proficient.

To learn to drive a car, students must learn the rules of the road. To drive their financial lives, students need to learn the rules of good financial life, such the importance of saving, budgeting, and protecting their money. Just as reading about driving is not enough, students need to practice as they go. Read more…

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Financial Literacy: Its Importance in the (Woman’s) Future

April 22 150x150 Financial Literacy: Its Importance in the (Woman’s) Future

By Kathleen Brennan, 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award recipient.

It goes without saying that today’s females have career opportunities that weren’t available to them a century ago.  The statistics are impressive– according to the U.S. Bureau of Census, females make up 60% of college graduates and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that labor participation rates of females have increased from 32% in 1950 to about 57% in 2012. Women have come a long way. The good news is that women have made great strides in breaking the glass ceiling and closing the pay gap; the bad news is that they still lag well behind men in terms of financial literacy. Ignorance in financial matters is particularly concerning since women have unique financial challenges—while many women rely on their husbands “to handle the money”,  the reality is that 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives due to the death of a spouse or divorce (Gender Gap in Financial Literacy 2012). Clearly, a man cannot be a “financial plan”. Read more…

POSTED: April 22, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Saving the Young: A Tale of Financial Literacy

April 19 150x150 Saving the Young: A Tale of Financial LiteracyBy Lihi Yusufov

For 16 years, I have had the privilege of being surrounded by financially literate people. My parents know how to handle their finances, and of course, make sure I do too.  My family carries an entrepreneurial spirit through owning a couple of businesses and starting their own ventures. Because of this, I gained a business perspective when venturing through life. I have worked in various fields and noticed that with every field comes a certain expectation of financial literacy. When I interned at a law office, I realized how pertinent finance was in this industry. Without financial mastery, the business would be incapable of sustaining itself. I became aware of this at an early age in my life. However, I noticed that many Americans still struggle with financial literacy. Read more…

POSTED: April 21, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Importance of Financial Education

April 18 751x1024 The Importance of Financial Education

By Senator Josh Stein, 16th District of North Carolina Senator.

Financial Literacy is critically important to the health of our nation and our state. If anyone ever doubted that statement, just consider our current economic situation.

We are in the midst of a slow recovery from the Great Recession created by the financial crisis, which was a result of financial markets that were out of whack and borrowers not understanding what they were getting themselves into. Read more…

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The Necessity of Financial Education

April 17 150x150 The Necessity of Financial Education

By Richard Fisher, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

I am excited to express my support of Financial Literacy Month, an extremely important effort. Learning to make sound financial decisions is a skill that positively impacts people throughout their lives. I commend all of the educational institutions and non-profits that spend countless time and energy providing financial education. Read more…

POSTED: April 17, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

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