Financial Literacy Materials

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The messages in this thread are mostly from the AAUW Theme Team e-mail list. Contact your theme@aauw.org for more information.
Audrey Salgado, president of AAUW AL, writes:

AAUW of Alabama is working with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). They provide at no cost training and mateials for Money Smart, a finanical literacy program. It is an adult education program building knowldege, security, confidence and written at an eighth grade level. AAUW of Alabama Student Affiliates at Judson College has adopted this program and volunteer in the middle school and high schools in their county, one of the poorest counties in Alabama as well as the United States. AAUW of Alabama also promotes this on college campuses for the college/university students. We plan to expand this program at our April State Convention for promotion throughout the state. FDIC has a train the trainer program for the ten modules.

There are eight regional offices:

  • Atlanta, GA (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)
  • Boston, MA (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • Chicago, IL (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)
  • Dallas, TX (Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
  • Kansas City, MO (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota)
  • Memphis, TN (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)
  • New York, NY (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
  • San Francisco, CA (Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevad, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

To obtain a free copy of the Money Smart program, mail or fax a request to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20429, Attention: Money Smart Order Desk, 801-100, Fax: (202) 416-2111 – allow 3 weeks for shipping. For more information visit the Money Smart Website at http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html

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Also watch for more information on financial literacy from the Association by the end of the month.

4 thoughts on “Financial Literacy Materials”

  1. Here is an easy-to-do program for state conventions, since that seems to be one of the requests lately. Last spring for their Friday night convention program VA AAUW put together a panel of women professionals — a financial planner, an estate/retirement planner, a stock broker, a real estate broker, and if I remember correctly, a banker. They asked me to facilitate, since I’m a certified financial planner. Each spoke about women’s financial health in her particular area, and they fielded questions afterwards. It was very well-received. It’s easy and fast to pull together – most financial/real estate companies are more than happy to send out reps to talk to women, given that women have the power of the purse these days. A lot of really good conversation ensued as well as some exchange of business cards. The only caveat is to make sure that the panel members understand that they are not to sell any products, but that they are there for informational purposes only.

    Just an idea for those looking for a less labor-intensive program idea…

    Leslie Henderson
    So. Atlantic Regional Director and FL AAUW Theme Team member

  2. As part of the theme on economic security, a very simple thing that our
    branch is doing is holding a brown bag luncheon next week at our nearby
    campus, BGSU, Women’s Center, to talk to students about being CREDIT
    SMART. The presenter will be the head of the Northwest Ohio Consumer
    Credit Counseling Center. We are worried about the availability of credit
    cards for students and the amount of debt they build before they ever
    graduate from college. We also will use this program to increase AAUW’s
    visibility among college-aged women who should be joining now to maintain
    the vitality of the organization.

    Thanks for the tip on the FDIC materials.

    Diane Regan, President
    Bowling Green Branch, Ohio

  3. There are a lot of financial literacy materials on the website of Money Wi$e Women: http://www.moneywisewomen.net/index.asp. Many AAUW members in our area have attended their programs and Seattle Branch sponsored a publicity table at one conference. Money Wi$e Women has been branching out from Washington State and is now offering programs in other areas as well. I have attended several of their conferences and thought they were well done, even if I didn’t agree with everything each presenter said. They are now encouraging women to bring their teenage daughters, which seems like a step in the right direction.

    Carolyn Hayek
    Kirkland, WA

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