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Money Smart Week 

Money Smart Week is a program created by the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. Since 2002, the Federal Reserve and many community partners, including the Chicago Treasurer’s Office, have worked together to present financial literacy programming for all ages during the first week in April.  

Join the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office for Money Smart Week to be held April 12-17, 2021.  Money Smart Week will be a free all-virtual experience providing financial literacy programming for all ages.  The purpose of this week is to help our communities better manage their personal finances with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All week long the Chicago Treasurer’s Office, along with our participating partners will host programming focused on one daily “Money Smart” theme to include – 


Monday, April 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm CT 

Money Mondays with Melissa presents...The Power of Banking

Identifying the benefits of banking while displacing the misconceptions and mistrust of banking institutions. 

Panel includes

- Thurman "Tony" Smith, Senior Vice President of PNC Bank

- Eric S. Smith, Vice Chair of BMO Harris Bank

- Anthony “Tony” Maggiore, Chair of the Midwest Operating Committee and Head of Midwest Middle Market Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 12:00 pm CT 

Navigating Your Education Financially

A conversation focused on student loans, grants, and scholarship resources you should know!


Wednesday, April 14, 2021 |  12:00 pm CT 

HOPE Inside presents....What you need to know about Fraud & Identity Theft

Practice safety in finance by identifying fraud, scams, and identity theft through bank statements, credit cards, credit reports, emails, and much more. This panel will help you identify your rights as a potential victim of identity theft while providing resources and information to help get through such a frustrating and difficult time in the digital space.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 6:00 pm CT 

Building Generational Wealth: A Fireside Chat with Melissa Conyears-Ervin and John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, Co-CEO & CIO of Ariel Investments

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm CT 

Rental and Mortgage Assistance for City Residents 

Saturday, April 17, 2021 | 1:00 pm CT 

The Chicago City Treasurer's Virtual Youth FinTech Summit 2021

in partnership with The Greenwood Project and World Business Chicago


Panel includes 

- Victor Jones, dough

- Daniel Rogers, A.M. Money

- Travell Williams, Paypal

- Brandon Kreig, Stash

- Sheena Allen, Capway

- Asya Bradley, First Boulevard










Coming in Summer 2021: Compete to Wall Street 

The City Treasurer’s Office will sponsor a five-day financial literacy program for elementary school students in underserved communities, including interactive financial literacy lessons, opportunities to meet financial professionals, field-trips, real-life stock trading, and the opportunity to win a trip with Treasurer  Conyears-Ervin to Wall Street.  


Financial literacy empowerment through the Compete to Wall Street program is designed to raise youth awareness, knowledge, and interest in their finances. Youth participants will explore a variety of financial literacy concepts that include how to manage their money, create a personal budget, understand the importance of saving, use credit, avoid credit pitfalls and payday loans, protect their credit and identity, and learn about the stock market. 

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Working Credit
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City Colleges of Chicago
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Ariel Investments
GreenWood Project
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First Boulevard
Save Money Save Life
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