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By Jeni Pastier

For America’s teens and young adults, the “real world” is right around the corner. To help them turn the corner with confidence, America’s banks are equipping them with personal finance knowledge to last a lifetime. Through the ABA Foundation’s Get Smart About Credit program, banks across the country teach the next generation essential skills like budgeting, understanding credit, paying for college and more.

Moving Financial Literacy Forward

Headquartered in Washington DC, the American Bankers Association (ABA) is the voice of the nation’s $15 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 more than $8 trillion in loans.

Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, the ABA Foundation, has been helping banks improve their communities through financial education since 1925. The Foundation’s financial education programs engage banks of all sizes and charters, from large multinational and regional banks to single-branch community banks.

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What’s New

In order to meet communities where they are and overcome restrictions associated with in-person lessons, new to this year’s program banks have been provided a  Communication Toolkit to ensure personal finance knowledge isn’t limited to traditional presentations. The toolkit includes four new videos, each approximately 30 seconds long, that explore topics like protecting your identity, paying for college, saving, and careers in banking.

Get Smart About Credit is just one way America’s banks are empowering young adults with the financial knowledge they need to be successful in life. To date, the ABA Foundation’s financial education programs—led by banks of all sizes in every state—have reached over 11 million young people nationwide and Get Smart About Credit alone has made an impression on more than 150,000 students both in and out of the classroom.

If you are interested in hosting a local bank to bring these skills to your students, visit to request a banker-led personal finance presentation. View standalone resources at


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• Subscribe to our Spirit of Banking newsletter for more information.

• Like American Bankers Association Facebook page.

• Follow @ABABankers for the latest tweets from the ABA.

• Follow @americanbankersassociation on Instagram to catch photos of banking life

• Follow American Bankers Association on LinkedIn for thought leadership in banking.


This school year #GetSmartAboutCredit personal finance lessons are coming to students thanks to FinEdLink. This free resource from the @ABABankers Foundation connects bankers with students in local classrooms. Learn more:

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