Financial Literacy - Teen With CardFinancial education is a priority for Missouri bankers. MBA member banks are teaching children to save, educating teens to use credit wisely, helping young adults with budgeting and financing a home, and counseling adults on issues of credit and debt management. The following are some helpful resources for every age group.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants help consumers make sound financial decisions at any age with its "360 Degrees of Financial Literacy" program. 
American Bankers Association
  • Teach Children to Save
    During the month of April, thousands of bankers throughout the United States participate in the Teach Children to Save program, delivering classroom presentations and after-school programs to share "real life" lesson about money. Financial education is a critical skill and TCTS help young people take an important first step in mastering understanding personal finance and learning how to save.
  • Get Smart About Credit
    Young people need to know how to use credit wisely. To raise awareness among teens and young adults about the importance of credit smarts, the ABA Education Foundation sponsors Get Smart About Credit Day in October. Bankers go to classrooms, connect with youth groups and visit college campuses to help young people in their communities understand how to use credit wisely so they can make smart financial choices later in life.
Council for Economic Education
This national organization focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. For the past 60 years, its mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”— a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance. Children must acquire economic and financial literacy so they can learn and grow into successful and productive adults, capable of making informed and responsible decisions. CEE carries out their mission by providing professional development to teachers, and the council delivers its programs through in-person local workshops, partner organizations and online. 

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EverFi Inc. is an education technology company that offers a completely online financial literacy platform that uses the latest in  new media technologies, including adaptive-pathing, 3D gaming, social networking, online animations, video and messaging tools. EverFi offers programs for elementary and secondary students, college students and adults. All platforms are highly interactive and teach hundreds of core financial topics, including banking, taxes, mortgages, financing higher education, budgeting and saving, stocks, 401(k) plans, credit scores, insurance, and credit cards.

EverFi partners with MBA member banks to offer its programs to students at NO COST to the schools, with EverFi managing every aspect of implementation and support in schools. EverFi has developed learning platforms for all ages, including "Vault" for 4th-6th graders, "EverFi" for high school-aged students, "Buttonwood" for colleges and universities, and "EverFi@Work" for adults (customers and employees).

FDIC's Money Smart
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation created Money Smart to help adults as well as high school and college students enhance their money skills and create positive banking relationships. Financial education fosters financial stability for individuals, families and entire communities. The more people know about credit and banking services, the more likely they are to increase savings, buy homes, and imporve their financial health and well being.

The Money Smart curriculum helps individuals build financial knowledge, develop financial confidence, and use banking services effectively. The FDIC encourages banks to work with others in their communities to deliver financial education by sponsoring workshops.

Federal Citizens Information Center
The center offers important consumer information and publications to help you make important life decisions.

Federal Reserve Bank
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
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