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Get Smart About Credit

 

The Get Smart About Credit (GSAC) program sponsored by the ABA Community Engagement Foundation is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with high school students and young adults to raise awareness about the importance of personal finance skills. Bankers registered to participate in this free program will receive access to a private resource page containing promotional materials, student activities, communication tools and lesson plans (also available in Spanish) covering topics that include; Banking Careers, Budgeting, Credit Scores, Identity Theft and Paying for College.

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 Register

 

Banks of all sizes that actively provide youth financial education, using any curriculum, are invited to register their participation in the GSAC program at no cost. The list of program participants is shared with State Bank Associations, policymakers and consumers. Additionally, registered participants will receive access to all GSAC resources.

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 FAQs

 

Why should I participate in GSAC?

Credit education isn’t just about paying for college, credit cards and loans, but encompasses budgeting, understanding a credit report and identity protection. It’s also critical to the post-secondary success of young people, many of whom are starting their adult lives with significant student loan debt. Participation in GSAC is an opportunity to position yourself and your bank as a trusted partner in helping young people — and by extension communities — thrive.

Additionally, once registered as a participant, your bank will appear on the list of participating banks. ABA Foundation will promote this list to media, state bank associations, policymakers, and community organizations. Participation is an opportunity to highlight your commitment to your community and get recognition for all your outreach efforts. ​

How do I get started?

Registration to participate in GSAC opens each January, is available at no cost and ABA membership is not required. Once you've registered your bank’s participation through the ABA Shopping Cart, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. This email will contain a link to a private resource page where you can access presentation planning tools, lesson plans, social media guide and communication materials to publicize your bank's efforts. ABA members can review the Start a Financial Education Program Toolbox for an in-depth look into beginning a program.

What qualifies as GSAC participation?

Any presentation taught by a financial services professional that covers some aspect of banking careers, budgeting, credit, identity theft, paying for college or other personal finance topics qualifies for GSAC participation. The ABA Foundation is not prescriptive regarding lessons or specific material and does not require use of our curriculum to be a program participant. We do however focus on topics we think relevant and timely and always welcome new topic ideas.

What if I don’t feel qualified to give a presentation?

GSAC materials were designed and developed exclusively for bankers to make personal finance presentations both engaging and fun. The ABA Foundation materials are great for instructors with little to no experience teaching money concepts. Each lesson promotes audience participation through discussion and hands on activities, with an easy to follow, step-by-step, lesson plan.

When can I participate in GSAC?

GSAC celebrates an annual awareness day on the third Thursday of October to focus media attention around the importance of personal finance. Bankers are encouraged to schedule presentations on the designated GSAC Day or throughout the month of October. Understanding that bankers’ and schools’ schedules may prevent participation during that time, a presentation given at any time during the calendar year counts as program participation.

How can I connect with my community to schedule a presentation?

The ABA Foundation believes your bank is in the best position to make local education connections. In addition to classroom lessons, there are a host of groups in every community that serve children and families that can be approached such as school-based after-care programs or social service groups like; United Way, scout troops, Boys and Girls clubs, and youth groups.

When registering you are encouraged to opt-in to accept presentation requests through FinEdLink. This component of the program will connect you with parties in your community interested in having a banker give a financial education presentation. Additional information can be found under the FinEdLink tab.

Where can I learn more?

ABA Foundation hosts training webinars at the beginning of the Get Smart About Credit program year. Webinars are free, however registration is required. Look for upcoming webinars to be announced each summer in time for the start of the school year. Prior ABA Foundation hosted training webinars can be found on-demand through the Financial Education Webinar Portal.

 

 FinEdLink

 

Find Your Financial Education Link to High Schools/Young Adults

Looking for an audience in your community to give a financial education presentation to? ABA Foundation’s FinEdLink component can help you. This free online portal matches banks with schools, agencies, faith-based ministries, community centers, and other organizations that have expressed interest in having a banker present on age-appropriate personal finance topics. The ABA Foundation markets FinEdLink to non-banker audiences around the country to help you establish relationships in your community with those who have a vested interest in improving financial literacy.

To accept FinEdLink presentation requests, you need only check the opt-in box when registering your participation in each of the Foundation’s financial education programs. You will find the opt-in option on the GSAC enrollment form once you are logged into the ABA Shopping Cart. Opting-in then allows groups in your community to request a financial education presentation from your bank.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How will I receive presentation requests?

Once you opt-in to participate in FinEdLink on the GSAC registration form, available through the ABA Shopping Cart, you will receive presentation requests via email from communityengagement@aba.com. This email will contain detailed information about the requested presentation. ABA Foundation staff is available help to facilitate these partnerships.

2. What should I do when I receive a request?

Simply click the accept link in the request email to notify the ABA Foundation that you will connect with the requestor regarding a presentation. Using the contact information in the request email, reach out directly to the requestor to coordinate logistics for the presentation. We ask that you contact the requestor directly within two weeks of receiving the initial request. If you are unable to accept the presentation request, contact the ABA Foundation.

3. What topics will I present?

You will be asked to present topics taken directly from the GSAC program: Banking Careers, Budgeting, Credit Scores, Paying for College, and Protecting Identity. In some cases, you may be asked to present more than one topic.

4. Where will the presentation be held?

Logistics for presentations will be coordinated between you and the requestor. Presentations are frequently held at the facility of the requesting organization, bank branch, public library or other community centers. ​

 

 Consumer Resources

 

ABA Foundation offers free personal finance resources and activities to help youth make knowledgeable financial decisions.


FinEdLink

To support the banking industry’s national commitment to improving financial literacy, ABA Foundation launched FinEdLink. This free online portal enables schools, agencies, faith-based ministries, community centers and other organizations to request a banker-led, age-appropriate, financial education presentation.

​For additional information, please contact Jeni Pastier.

 

 Get Involved

 
 

 Annual Get Smart About Credit Day

 

​Mark your calendar to join us for the next Get Smart About Credit Day on Thursday, October 17, 2019!

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