We have very exciting news to share with you. As many of you are unaware, April is our favorite month of the year. (No, not because of Spring fashion or Easter egg hunts) Why? Well I’m glad you asked. April is National Financial Literacy Month! It’s a chance for us to recognize the importance of financial education and spread this knowledge within communities from coast to coast. It’s a time to begin educating ourselves, seeking advice on how to live financially healthy lives, and begin (or continue) making wise financial decisions.
Here's an excerpt from President Barack Obama's Presidential Proclamtion for National Financial Literacy Month,
"As we recover from the worst economic crisis in generations, it is more important than ever to be knowledgeable about the consequences of our financial decisions. During National Financial Literacy Month, we recommit to improving financial literacy and ensuring all Americans have access to trustworthy financial services and products".
- 2000: The Jump$tart Coalition recognizes April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month
- 2000 - 2003: Governors of over eight states begin recognizing April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month
- 2003: Senate Resolution 48 and House Resolution 127 asks President, George W. Bush to declare April as “Financial Literacy for Youth Month”
- 2004: Senate Resolution 316 passes with unanimous consent declaring April “National Financial Literacy Month”
- 2008: President George W. Bush signs Executive Order 13455 creating a 16 member, presidential council on financial literacy with the mandate of encouraging financial literacy among the American people
National Financial Literacy Month is a very exciting month. Many local and national organizations will be hosting events, educational sessions, and performing general outreach in communities with the goal of spreading vital information to America’s citizens. For more information on events in your community visit the websites of local organizations and inquire about possible events at your local church. Additionally, visit the website of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency which lists a number of events locally and nationally.
For NYC residents, follow us on Twitter @dream_nyc for updates on local events throughout the course of the month. Also, periodically check our website for details about events we will be hosting for National Financial Literacy Month.
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