Tennessee's Financial Literacy Week, presented by the Tennessee Bankers Association, was introduced in 2019. Each year during the first week of April, we call on all member banks to participate in their community with a financial literacy event. Activities can range from teaching school children about the importance of saving, a Rotary Club presentation on banking, or an in-bank event promoting a certain product or service. This year's Financial Literacy Week is April 5-9, 2021.
Use your unique set of skills and expertise to help address a serious problem—the lack of financial know-how. Participation gives you the opportunity to foster relationships in your communities, while giving consumers the tools and inspiration for a successful financial future.
Click the button on the top right of this page to register your bank, and remember to share your pictures on social media with #TNFinLit and tag @TNBankers.
Did you know that Tennessee is one of only 23 states that require personal financial education as a requirement for high school graduation?
Beginning with the high school graduating class of 2013, Tennessee students now have to have completed a ½ semester class on personal financial education, as a graduation requirement. To view the standards for the required personal finance course, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/ccte/fin/cte_std_personal_finance.pdf
What is Tennessee Financial Literacy Week?
Launched by the TBA in 2019, the first full week of April of every year has been officially designated as Tennessee Financial Literacy Week. During this week, TBA asks 100% of our member banks to participate in their communities with a financial literacy outreach event.
What sorts of financial literacy events qualify?
Tennessee Financial Literacy Week events are not limited to any age-group or setting, we just ask that the presentation be focused on financial literacy. This could include a presentation to school-aged children on saving or using credit wisely, seniors on safeguarding funds or avoiding scams, a Rotary Club presentation on banking, or a promotional event in-bank with customers to promote a certain product or service.
How do I know what to talk about at a presentation?
There are several tool-kit presentations, worksheets, promotional flyers and resources that bankers can access regardless of how long the presentation is or the audience. Several of them are linked below, but if you don’t see something that fits your activity, please reach out to TBA and we’ll help develop or find a resource that works with your event.
Do I need to register my bank’s participation?
Yes, TBA asks that every member bank register their plans to participate by submitting a simple, on-time registration form on our website. This way we can quantify the impact to promote the collective good being done by Tennessee’s banks, and know which counties and legislative districts have banks that are engaged in the week.
How do I promote my bank’s activities?
Using the social media hashtag, #TNFinLit, banks across the state can promote their financial literacy efforts in the community during Tennessee Financial Literacy Week and throughout the year. The hashtag can also be used when banks promote financial literacy tips and tools for their customers and followers. If all banks use the same hashtag, the collective good and impact from all banks’ efforts in Tennessee can be easily recognized.
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Presentation Training Resources and Tools
ADULTS & SENIORS
- FDIC Money Smart for Adults: Click here
- ABA Safe Banking For Seniors: presentations, tools and tips for protecting older Americans from financial abuse: Click here
- Federal Trade Commission Consumer Scam Alerts: Learn about recent scams, how to recognize the warning signs and receive email updates and alerts: Click here
SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN
- ABA Teach Children To Save: Resources and outreach materials to help young people develop savings habits early in life: Click here
- Join the FDIC Youth Banking Network to learn from one-another and FDIC staff to support school-aged financial literacy efforts: Click here
- While some school children are virtual learning, take this opportunity to remotely read financial literacy-focused kids' books during a class. Examples include:
- Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday - Judith Viorist: Fictional story about a boy who can’t seem to save
- Follow the Money - Loreen Leedy: Follows a quarter throughout the day, what it’s used for, and where it goes
- Money Madness - David Adler: Money
- Lemonade in the Water - Emily Jenkins: Basics of counting money
- If You Made a Million - David Schwartz: Fictional story about a magician and his money
- Ella Earns Her Own Money - Cloverleaf Books: Money Basics series
- EverFi's Ultimate Guide to Financial Marketing Success: Click Here
- EverFi's Getting Started with Digital Financial Marketing: Click Here
- ABA Get Smart About Credit tip sheet on Developing a Habit of Savings
- ABA Road to Financial Responsibility for Parents
- CFPB Credit Rules to Live By
- CFPB Savings Rules to Live By
- CFPB 5 Steps for Making Financial Decisions
- CFPB Understand Your Credit Score
- CFPB Tax Refund Savings
- Housing Down Payment Tips
Social Media Resources
In today’s age, it’s fitting that a week-long financial literary event ties directly into your bank’s social media efforts. Using the power of social media, you can make your community aware of your efforts to help, create meaningful engagement, and raise the profile for your bank. We have compiled several example messages as guides. Please feel free to get creative in your messaging and be sure to use #TNFinLit.