04/29/2016 - ABA


Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $15 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $11 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans. Learn more at aba.com.

Through its leadership, partnerships and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3 subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, has been helping banks improve their communities through financial education since 1925. ABA Foundation’s financial education programs engage banks of all sizes and charters, from large multinational and regional banks to single-branch community banks.

  • Teach Children to Save: Teach Children to Save (TCTS) is a national campaign that raises awareness about the importance of developing a savings habit, which is the foundation for a strong financial future. Each April, and throughout the year, bankers nationwide employ real-world knowledge and professional expertise in classrooms, youth centers, and after-school programs. The goal: help young people gain a better understanding of saving, spending wisely and the power of choices. Today, in honor of Teach Children to Save Day, bankers across the nation are instilling student saving skills through financial education presentations.

    Since Teach Children to Save Day began in 1997, 175,252 banker volunteers have conducted 194,814 TCTS presentations and reached more than 7.3 million students with money lessons children will use for a lifetime.

    ABA Foundation’s 20th annual Teach Children to Save Day 2017 will be on Friday, April 28th. Contact your local banker to bring financial education lessons to your classroom or community group.
  • Get Smart About Credit: Now in its 14th year, Get Smart About Credit(GSAC) is a national campaign that engages more than 4,000 bankers annually to help teens and young adults learn how to use credit responsibly. Free lessons cover protecting your identity, knowing your score, paying for college and a new unit on “Managing Your Money” to help young people make an informed decision about creating and following a budget. Over the life of this program 27,824 bankers made 52,000 presentations to almost 1.5 million young people. Held annually on the third Thursday in October, the next Get Smart About Credit event takes place Oct. 20.
  • Lights, Camera, Save!:  This video competition encourages middle school and high school students age 13-18 to use the power of video to communicate to their peers the value of saving, using money wisely and paying for college.Lights, Camera, Save! videos provide unique financial “edutainment” infused with the vision and creativity of youth. Banks host the local level of this contest and select a winner to compete at the national level for prizes worth up to $5,000. View 2015-2016 national winners’ and finalists’ videos, as well as videos from previous years, on ABA’s YouTube channel and plan to join us for the 2016-2017 contest this fall.


ABA Foundation welcomes registered bankers to download, at no cost, savings and credit financial education materials at aba.com/FinEd.
Educators and parents seeking creative opportunities for students, review the Lights, Camera, Save! contest and encourage teens to enter. Financial literacy practitioners and families looking for creative content, share these peer-to-peer videos with teens and young adults.

  • Book Award Program: The ABA Foundation and First Book have joined forces to put the literacy in financial literacy. The book award program enhances bankers’ Teach Children to Save and Get Smart About Credit lessons at schools across America by supplementing their presentations with financial education-themed books. Banks can participate for as little as $200, and can utilize First Book’s vast network to connect with schools in their communities. Read firsthand accounts of bankers who have participated in the program and brought books into classrooms across the country.
  • Teach Children to Save Materials in Spanish: By popular demand ABA Foundation now offers Teach Children to Save lesson plans, activities and puzzles in Spanish. Three grade specific Spanish presentations are geared toward students in elementary and middle school. These materials are available at no cost to bankers who register their participation in Teach Children to Save. Visit aba.com/Teach to register your bank’s participation.

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Jeni Pastier                                                                                                         
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