NIU to participate in Money Smart Week

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University will host or participate in 16 financial literacy events in DeKalb, Geneva, Naperville, Rockford and Sycamore during the Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Smart Week, April 20 through 27.

Presentation topics include identity theft, the implication of tax changes, budgeting, credit management, student financial aid, eating healthy on a budget, financial literacy for kids, saving for and paying for college, job transition and estate planning. A community shred day is also planned.

“The need for teaching young people critical decision-making skills and economic reasoning has never been so evident. It is essential for the fiscal health of our state that our youth possess the ability to make informed and responsible decisions regarding finance, credit and debt,” said Lori Berkes-Nelson, president and executive director of Econ Illinois, a not-for-profit unit within NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement and Information Technologies, the premier provider in Illinois of economic education programs for K-12 schools.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. Launched in 2002, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the American Library Association and the Financial Planning Association.

More than 3,000 free financial literacy programs are offered nationwide during Money Smart Week on topics ranging from budgeting to saving for college and retirement. Events are coordinated and hosted by partnering organizations including local banks, universities, government agencies, community groups and libraries.

A complete schedule of events is available online at

For more information, call 815-753-0356 or email

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