ABA: Foundation Invites Bank Volunteers for 2019 ‘Get Smart About Credit’ Day

Bankers visit classrooms across country on Oct. 18 to teach credit education

The American Bankers Association Foundation is calling for banker volunteers for its 17th annual Get Smart About Credit campaign, an initiative designed to teach teens how to use credit effectively.

Bankers will celebrate Get Smart About Credit Day on Oct. 17 and throughout the month by visiting classrooms across the country to present lessons on important financial obstacles facing young adults, including paying for college, building good credit habits, managing money, protecting their identity and banking as a career.

Last year, more than 6,350 bankers delivered financial education lessons to nearly 171,800 teens. Presentations took place in every U.S. state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

“We’ve received incredible feedback from bankers and teachers alike that Get Smart About Credit is a fun and interactive way to connect with teens and young adults on the importance of smart money management,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA Foundation. “We’re proud of the commitment America’s banks make to financial education, and this campaign is a one of the best ways for bankers to give back to their communities and help set young people on a path to success.”

This year, Get Smart About Credit will be sponsored by Ally Financial, Citi, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.

The ABA Foundation is offering a free informational webinar today, August 27 at 3 p.m. ET for interested bankers, and will provide registrants with real-time customer support and program materials in both English and Spanish.

Bankers interested in participating can sign up online at aba.com/GetSmart. Registered banks will be featured on a list of participating banks on the ABA Foundation’s website and in press materials. Since 1997, the ABA Foundation’s financial education programs have reached more than 10.3 million young people through 300,000 banker presentations.

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