Money Smart Week

Jump$tart Washington is organizing the second Money Smart Week Campaign in Washington from April 23- April 30, 2011. Organizations are invited to participate and help make this campaign a success.

What is Money Smart Week?

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of organizations across the state including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. The campaign allows the groups to come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers where they can get help, and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to different audiences and covers all facets of personal finance.

Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Money Smart Advisory Council – a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy. Members agreed to share resources and ideas to achieve greater public awareness of the programs and services available in the city of Chicago. The result was Money Smart Week 2002, a week of 40 financial seminars and educational activities. The Money Smart Week model has since spread throughout the Midwest.

How Can My Organization Get Involved in Money Smart Week?

You can become a Money Smart Partner by hosting or sponsoring an event. Jump$tart Washington is encouraging partners to consider choosing topics aimed toward youth, families and/or parents. However, we welcome groups that provide financial education to the general public and students of all ages. If you already have an event planned for this week, you can add that to the listing and be included in the listing of Money Smart Week partners. Email moc.liamg|tratspmujaw#moc.liamg|tratspmujaw for more information.

Example:

Cowlitz County Plans a Community-wide Event for Money Smart Week

The Cowlitz Asset Building Coalition Partners are planning a community-wide family event on the evening of April 21 to kickoff Money Smart Week Washington in their area. The evening will consist of workshops and events for three age categories: Children age 5-10, teens age 11-17 and adults age 18+. Children will have a build a bank activity, in partnership with Lowes, to promote savings; teens will have savings workshops; and adults will have budgeting/money management workshops, utilizing Money Smart workshop curriculum. After the workshops, they will be providing a dinner. For more information on how to become a sponsor, partner or to attend, please e-mail Liz Myntti.