Financial literacy knows no age limit, which is why this year's Money Smart Week Quad-Cities is offering activities designed for children to senior citizens.
Money Smart partners will host nearly 20 different community events during the region's 7th annual Money Smart Week. The week, which begins Friday and runs through April 27, helps Quad-City residents learn to better manage their money.
"Money Smart Week offers a variety of programming for adults, but this year we wanted to focus on youth education," said Nicole Burton of RIA Federal Credit Union, who co-chairs this year's event.
Burton said organizers noticed that while the effort was still a success, many events drew the same participants each year. "We wanted to see how we could get more youth and college students involved while keeping the focus on the retiree group."
The week will kick off with a new event, Family Night, from 6-8 p.m., Friday, at CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport. No reservations are required for the free event.
Families will meet with financial representatives to learn more about basic money management skills, budgeting, saving, comparison shopping, planning for college and more. Some lessons will be taught through games and other activities.
Burton said the night evolved from the week's popular Scout Nights last year, which offered similar learning activities for Boy and Girl Scouts.
Throughout the week, a number of financial institutions, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and community groups will host events to help people better manage their finances. The week includes several Community Shred Days, for residents to safely destroy old financial materials, as well as seminars for adults and children's programs.
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Also new this year, Burton said, is the GeoCache for College Cash!, a contest being held at Black Hawk and Scott Community colleges in the Quad-Cities as well as at 11 other Iowa colleges and universities. Students will search for posters across campus with QR codes. They will scan the code into their cell phones to get a question to answer.
"If they answer the question correctly they get two entries for the $1,000. If they answer it, but it's wrong, they get the right answer and one entry," she said.
One lucky student will win the grand prize provided by the Iowa JumpStart Coalition. The contest is sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association and Iowa Credit Union Foundation.
For a full schedule of Money Smart events across the Quad-Cities, visit www.MoneySmartWeek.org.