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Check these dates for fin. education opportunities
MADISON, Wis. (1/17/12)--Credit unions have many opportunities to tie promotion of their financial education programs to national events through April, including National Credit Union Youth Week, April 18-24.

Among the events scheduled:

  • The President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability meeting, Thursday. The council assists Americans in understanding financial matters and making informed financial decisions to encourage financial stability, according to the California Department of Financial Institutions. It is composed of nongovernmental representatives with relevant backgrounds, such as financial services, consumer protection, financial access and education. The meeting will be held at the Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.
  • Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, Jan. 27. The sixth annual event promotes public understanding of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The web site has information on how to participate in EITC Awareness Day and about the availability of free tax preparation sites. Many credit unions will be working with this in relation to their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs.
  • America Saves Week, Feb. 19-26. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the American Savings Education Council and America Saves host the annual America Saves Week. The event's goal is to encourage people, particularly lower-income families, to save money and build wealth. The event offers information and advice on paying down debt, building an emergency fund, and saving for a home, education and retirement.
  • Military Saves Week, Feb. 19-26. Military Saves is a social marketing campaign to persuade, motivate, and encourage military families to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings. Military Saves was developed and tested by its non-profit sponsor, CFA and the military services from 2003 to 2006 and launched throughout the Department of Defense. The Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) is the primary liaison to the Department of Defense for defense credit unions. The DCUC ensures members of the U.S. armed forces are provided financial services in the finest traditions of the credit union philosophy. While Military Saves Week is an ongoing campaign, the entire military community joins together to focus on financial readiness during the week.
  • 2012 National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-10. The Federal Trade Commission, other federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations sponsor this event. It highlights the importance of consumer education and offers free resources to help consumers protect their privacy; manage credit and debt; avoid identity theft; understand mortgages and other loans; and recognize fraudulent scams that target consumers.
  • National Financial Capability Challenge, March 12-April 13. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education, this event challenges high school students to increase their financial knowledge and capability. The program includes a voluntary online exam and classroom toolkit designed to help educators teach students about personal finance.
  • National Credit Union Youth Week, April 18-24. America's credit unions are shining the spotlight on how young people earn, spend, save and manage their own money. The celebration takes place during the Jump$tart Coalition's Financial Literacy for Youth Month. The Credit Union National Association offers resources and ideas for promoting credit unions to America's youth. Use the link.
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