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Financial Literacy Programs | Illinois Bankers Association


We've teamed up with the Association of House of Chicago and BankWork$© to train young adults from low income and minority communities for lasting careers in the financial services industry. This 8-week free training program already has propelled more than 2,000 graduates in the U.S. into rewarding careers with exceptional results, and we invite you to join other area banks as a financial industry partner in this innovative program that expanded to the Chicago area in 2017. Interested? Connect with Sherri Richardson, Association House of Chicago at 773-772-7170.

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EverFi’s award-winning financial literacy platform uses the latest in new media technologies to create a highly interactive experience for students, including “adaptive pathing,” 3-D gaming, social networking, online animations, video and messaging tools. The platform tracks student progress and reports their scores. After successfully completing each learning module, students are certified in hundreds of core financial topics, including banking, savings and budgeting, mortgages, credit cards, financing higher education, stocks, 401(k) plans, credit scores, insurance and taxes.


Vault™ incorporates multiple evidence-based learning theories to build students’ knowledge and skill sets for making good financial decisions, even at a young age. The 2.5-hour curriculum is designed for students in 4th through 6th grade and aligns with both state and national standards published by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. This interactive, new media program was specifically designed to introduce financial literacy skills early in a child's cognitive development and empower children to cultivate good financial habits that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Bank Sponsorship

A bank’s sponsorship is a win-win for all involved. Students receive quality financial education. Banks not only benefit from the opportunity to enhance their existing financial education initiatives, but they also can private-label and brand the web-based platform, increasing their visibility as a community leader while creating a positive public relations image and marketing opportunity through new relationships. Also, financial literacy education is mandated as part of consumer education curriculum in Illinois high schools, and this program enables high schools to meet all of the requirements under Illinois law.

Member bank participation is based on a "first come, first served" basis, and each high school may only be sponsored by one bank.* IBA member banks also receive a discount on pricing. EverFi works directly with member banks and Illinois high schools to launch the program and to develop a public relations strategy that best suits your bank. By the end of this year, more than 3,000 high schools will have already been sponsored by financial institutions from across the country.

* Every high school in Illinois is eligible to participate in the program, except for schools under the Chicago Public System, due to a sponsorship secured by EverFi, Inc. prior to the IBA partnership.

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