IBA - Illinois Bankers Association

Financial Literacy


IBA's Basic Banking Guide (English / Spanish)

This guide is available to enhance or help you to establish a financial literacy program within your bank. The guide includes information on how to open an account, deposit money, write a check and much more.

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Teach Children To Save

Teach Children to Save is a national campaign that raises awareness about the important role that banks and bankers play in helping young people develop lifelong savings habits. The program reaches approximately one million young people per year with the help of some 97,000 banker volunteers through its annual awareness day and the Teach Children to Save Web site.

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Get Smart About Credit

The Get Smart About Credit program connects bankers with students and young adults to help them to develop a stronger understanding of credit and how to use it responsibly.

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Answers & Solutions for Customers of National Banks

Helpwithmybank.gov helps you find answers to your national banking questions. The site, created by the Comptroller of the Currency, is easy to use by entering keywords or using the search window located at the top right corner of every page.

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Money Smart – A Financial Education Program

The FDIC has created a national financial education curriculum, Money Smart, a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.

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State Treasurer's Financial Education Resources

This site highlights several different financial literacy programs.

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Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

Financial Literacy 101

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Econ Illinois

Econ Illinois, an IBA Associate Member, was founded in 1951 to help assure that all young people in Illinois leave school with a solid understanding of the economic system in which they will live as members of the workforce, consumers of goods and services, savers and investors, voting citizens, and participants in a global society. Econ Illinois helps K-12 schools integrate the teaching of economics and personal finance across the curriculum at all grade levels, preparing students to meet Illinois Learning Standards, and providing them with the fundamental economic concepts and skills needed to be effective participants in our economy.

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Federal Reserve System

A Federal Reserve System website dedicated to providing information and resources about personal financial education, resources for teachers, and information about the Federal Reserve.

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National Endowment for Financial Education

The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is the only private, nonprofit, national foundation wholly dedicated to improving the financial well-being of all Americans.

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Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.

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EverFi, Inc. - EverFi and Vault

EverFi, Inc. offers two exceptional interactive online financial literacy tools. Delivered entirely over the Internet, EverFi's award-winning financial literacy platform uses the latest in new media technologies to create a highly interactive experience for students, including “adaptive pathing,” 3-D gaming, social networking, online animations, video and messaging tools. Vault™ incorporates multiple evidence-based learning theories to build students’ knowledge and skill sets for making good financial decisions, even at a young age. The 2.5-hour curriculum is designed for students in 4th through 6th grade and aligns with both state and national standards published by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

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Community Bank Insight

Financial literacy is an area—an area that you are quite knowledgeable in—where you can add enormous value to your customers’ financial lives. Community Bank Insight can help you implement a financial literacy program.

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This website is part of a first-of-its-kind multi-media project aimed at helping children become financially literate. It is designed to be a family resource. We suggest you take a moment to familiarize yourself with the content, characters, and navigation tools that can help your kids get the most out of each exploit and adventure.

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