Calling on banker volunteers to help their local teens become financially fit
WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association Foundation is calling for banker volunteers for its annual Get Smart About Creditprogram, an initiative designed to teach teens how to use credit effectively.
Bankers will celebrate Get Smart About Credit Day on Oct. 15 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 and protecting their identity.
“As bankers, I believe we have a responsibility to help educate today’s teens on the importance of credit and how to use it wisely,” said Frank Keating, ABA president and CEO. “This program provides bankers with the resources they need to get students thinking critically about their financial future.”
This year, Get Smart About Credit will be sponsored by Citi, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank.
The ABA Foundation is offering a free informational webinar on Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. ET for interested bankers and will provide registrants with real-time customer support and program materials.
Bankers interested in participating in the program can sign up online at www.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 over 7.6 million young people with the help of more than 225,000 banker volunteers.