NWRECC and Wells Fargo Launch Financial Education Programs
Residents In Alaska, Oregon and Idaho will be getting financially fit this new year, as they learn money skills they need for life through a program called “Hands on Banking” provided by Wells Fargo. This free program provides classes for Kids (4th-5th grade), Teens (6th-8th grade), Young Adults, and Adults.
The program is designed to improve knowledge of budgeting, importance of saving, bank accounts, maintaining good credit, how to be a smart shopper, how to afford a higher education, buying a home, and starting a small business . The residents will receive a certificate of completion after successfully passing each course.
While the parents are busy learning, young children are given special activity guides and coloring books. The booklet presents the first steps in introducing children to concepts related to money and finance, including needs vs. wants, and saving over a period of time. There are also activities to help young children learn to indentify currency, to commute the value of combinations of coins and to use currency to make purchases.
Senior and disabled residents are learning safety tips to avoid financial abuse, avoid identity theft, and recognize predatory lender and investment scams. Local community agencies are providing education on home care, nutrition, health and disease prevention.
Stay tuned for the schedule dates starting in late January!