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Financial Literacy Month – How Did it Get Started?

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The original promoter of Financial Literacy Month (FLM), is the Jump$tart Coalition along with its national partners, 51 affiliated state coalitions, financial educators and other members of the financial literacy community, championed a month-long campaign in April to raise public awareness about the importance of financial literacy.  

Here is what Jump$tart has on the schedule for April:

•    Annual Financial Literacy Summit, which focuses on bridging gaps and overcoming barriers to universal financial education, is Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

•    National Social Security Month Webinar will feature Suze Orman on Wednesday, April 19 from 2-3 p.m. ET. (Must register by April 14.) She will share tips on communicating with the public about financial literacy and discusses the importance of Social Security to every person’s financial plan.

•    Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance. Partnering organizations will host their events April 22 – 29, 2017.

•    Teach Children to Save is a free national program sponsored by the ABA Foundation that organizes banker volunteers throughout the year to help young people develop a savings habit early in life. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which will be held Friday, April 28, 2017.

Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill is co-sponsored by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, the Council for Economic Education, and Junior Achievement USA. At this annual event, more than fifty exhibitors share information on their financial literacy programs with business leaders, congressional aides, financial educators, and the general public.

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