SOURCE: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

April 19, 2012 10:00 ET

10th Anniversary of Money Smart Week® Chicago - April 21-28

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2012) - The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and more than 250 partner organizations announced today that the 10th Anniversary of Money Smart Week Chicago will be held April 21-28.

Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its partner organizations, Money Smart Week is designed to educate consumers about money management as well as generate awareness of financial education programs on topics such as saving, using credit wisely, and financial education for youths.

More than 500 free classes, seminars and activities will take place during Money Smart Week. Various local community groups, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, local and national government agencies, and media personalities will carry out the educational activities.

"The Chicago Fed started the Money Smart Week program 11 years ago," said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans. "The program has grown exponentially over the past decade, providing hundreds of educational offerings to help teach those in Chicago and outlying areas how to better manage their finances and navigate these financial times."

There will also be classes offered in a variety of languages. Other highlights of Money Smart Week 2012 include an essay contest for grade school students from fifth through eighth grade, programming for Chicago Public School students, support and participation from several local professional sports teams, Visa's sixth annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit broadcast live via the web, among others.

Additional updated information is available on the Chicago Fed's website: www.moneysmartweek.org

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