Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt

Montana State University Extension is offering two Montana $aves $cavenger Hunts as a part of the America Saves program during 2014-2015.  The hunts are specifically designed for two age groups:  11-14 and 15-19.  Students will learn about the benefits saving and investing, how credit can be a friend for foe, and how to be in control of their money.

Students who complete the Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt are eligible for a drawing for one of 33 cash awards of $100 in each age group during America Saves week February 23-27, 2015. The 66 cash awards for Montana students are courtesy of generous sponsors.

The Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt can be used by teachers who want to incorporate learning about finances into their classes in family and consumer sciences, economics, math, or social studies.  The $cavenger Hunt could also be utilized as an extra credit opportunity for students to complete “after hours” at home or the local library.

Students have until February 20, 2015 to complete the 9 quizzes for the Montana $aves $cavenger HuntThe hunts do not have to be completed all at one time.

The Montana Saves Website has links to all the Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt materials: an invitation to students, posters for each age group, and a list of websites for all quizzes.

You are invited to review the Hunts to gain a better understanding of how this educational tool would be of benefit to youth.   The website for ages 11–14 (as of September 1, 2014). www.msuextension.org/montanasavesscavengerhunt1 The website for ages is 15–19 (as of September 1, 2014). www.msuextension.org/montanasavesscavengerhunt2   Please contact Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension, at goetting@montana.edu with questions.

Improving Millenials’ Financial Literacy With Mobile Technology

The ninth annual Financial Literacy Summit co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Visa Inc. is on April 15, 2015.

This year’s program brings together international financial literacy experts to focus on improving millennials’ financial literacy using mobile technology.

What: Improving Millennials’ Financial Literacy with Mobile Technology
When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m. Central Time
Where: The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL

Space is limited to attend the event in person at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. There is no cost to attend the event or to view it online, but registering in advance is required.  For more information, visit http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/summit2015/register.php.

If you have any questions about the Summit, please send them to summit@practicalmoneyskills.com.

News from Montana Credit Unions for Community Development

Have you visited Montana Credit Unions for Community Development’s revamped website, www.montanacreditunions.coop? They’re growing a resource library full of information for consumers, financial counselors, program participants and partner info.

Financial Coaching Training dates are coming…one in October and one in November. Stay tuned for details.

Working with MT GEAR UP on a matched savings program. It will help gear up high school students save for college. We hope to roll it out next month.

Start to get ready for tax season with Montana Free File. To order MT Free File outreach materials, volunteer recruitment flyers and inserts, contact Jami at MCUCD.

For more information on these and many other programs, visit their website:  www.montanacreditunions.coop.