WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association, through its Community Engagement Foundation, is calling for banker volunteers for its Fall financial education programs: Get Smart About Credit which runs throughout the month of October and is celebrated on Oct. 16, and Lights, Camera, Save! video contest which kicks off Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 1.
“Our financial education programs give bankers the framework and tools to engage students of all ages,” said ABA President and CEO Frank Keating. “Through these programs, bankers have challenged more than seven million young minds across the nation to think critically about their financial goals and expectations.”
Now in its 12th year, the Get Smart About Credit program is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who help teens and young adults learn how to use credit wisely, protect their identity, and pay for higher education.
Through ABA’s Lights, Camera, Save! video contest, teens create short YouTube videos to communicate the value of saving and using money wisely. Banks hosting competitions will select a winner, or winners if contests are held in multiple states, to compete on the national level for a grand prize of $5,000. [View last year’s winning videos]
For both programs, ABA has free informational webinars hosted on their website, and provides registered bankers with real-time customer support and program materials.
Bankers interested in participating in any of ABA’s programs can sign up online at http://www.aba.com/Engagement/. Registered banks will be featured in a List of Participating Banks on ABA’s website and in press materials. Since 1997, the ABA’s financial education programs have reached some 7.2 million young people with the help of more than 210,000 banker volunteers.
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $14 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $11 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $8 trillion in loans. Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation, a 501(c)3, helps bankers provide financial education to individuals at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.