U.S. Mayors Declare: April 2014 Is DollarWise Month

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Conference of
Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign is pleased to announce that this year’s DollarWise
Month will be held during the month of April. Cities across the United States
will engage in various activities that promote this year’s theme “DollarWise:
Planning for the Future.” DollarWise encourages mayors to speak with youth and
young adults in their cities about the importance of using money wisely to
prepare for a financially stable future.

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Examples of cities launching financial education initiatives:

The Alexandria DollarWise Committee will partner with the Common Wealth One
Credit Union to participate in the Reality program at Frances Hammond Middle
School on Wednesday, April 9th. Students will be provided mock families,
occupations, and salaries and will be asked to purchase imaginary housing,
transportation, food, and clothing. The students will do this with fake money
and must stay within set budgets. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Baltimore Office of Economic Development will provide financial education
sessions as part of its job-readiness training for youth who are candidates for
its Hire One Youth summer job program. The training will take place between
April 14th-17th.

In Charlotte, the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, Charlotte Mecklenburg
Schools, and MeckEd will collaborate to present a Career Discovery event. On
April 9, Charlotte will host 4,000 youth at its Park Expo for a one-day event.
Youth will have the opportunity to interact with Mayor Patrick Cannon, local
government officials, and business executives. Youth will also have access to
financial literacy training.

Gary will launch its Spring Break Out Week April 21st-25th. During the week,
youth grades K-8 will engage in financial literacy training through a
partnership with First Midwest Bank and Junior Achievement. First Midwest Bank
will provide youth with financial literacy comic books and coloring books for
Gary’s youngest participants, and will conduct Money Smart “Money Matters” and
“Bank On It” workshops. Junior Achievement will also work with Gary to provide a
financial literacy curriculum for all age groups.

Los Angeles will host four consecutive all-day events at library branches
throughout the city. At these events, residents will gain free access to
financial workshops, tax preparation services, credit counseling, student
financial aid assistance, and public benefit screening & enrollment. These
events will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The April 5th event will take
place at the Central Branch Library, the April 12th event will be held at the
Van Nuys Branch Library, the April 19th event will be at the Pio Pico Branch
Library, and the April 26th event will be held at the Exposition Park Branch
Library.

“As individuals become more financially literate, they become better prepared to
build stable families, to be productive members of the workforce, and to
contribute to their communities,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and
Executive Director Tom Cochran. “I congratulate these mayors who are committed
to helping citizens to realize such opportunities.”

Get involved
DollarWise invites your city to highlight financial education efforts during the
month of April. For suggested activity themes as well as information on how to
register, visit http://www.bedollarwise.org. If you or your staff have any
further questions about DollarWise Month or the DollarWise Campaign, please
contact Program Manager James Kirby by email at: jkirby@usmayors.org or by phone
at: (202) 861-6759.

About The United States Conference of Mayors
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities
with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the
country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief
elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or
follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

About the DollarWise Campaign

The DollarWise Campaign is the official financial literacy and education
outreach effort of The United States Conference of Mayors and its Council on
Metro Economies and the New American City. Since 2004, hundreds of cities have
participated in DollarWise Campaign initiatives and programs. DollarWise
encourages mayors and city staff to address the growing need for financial
literacy in our nation’s cities. To assist cities in their efforts, the
DollarWise Campaign works to build partnerships with national organizations,
including federal agencies, nonprofit groups, and corporations that offer
technical support, curricula, and financial support. While DollarWise is an
ongoing, year-round effort, events such as DollarWise Month help communities and
the media focus their attention on financial literacy. The campaign also
sponsors the DollarWise Innovation Grants Program and the Summer Youth Campaign
Grants program, which offers cities the opportunity to gain funding to enhance
and expand creative and innovative financial literacy efforts. The founding
sponsor of the DollarWise Campaign is the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
For more information on the DollarWise Campaign visit us at
http://www.bedollarwise.org, or contact James Kirby at jkirby@usmayors.org.

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SOURCE The U.S. Conference of Mayors

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