Extension to offer training series for financial management educators
June 4, 2018
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URBANA, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce new state-wide training for All My Money: Change for the Better in Chicago, Sterling, Decatur, Lake Villa, and Kankakee, Illinois.

All My Money: Change for the Better curriculum is a train-the-trainer financial management program for people working with limited resource audiences. This research-based curriculum was designed for agency staff, social workers, and educators who are seeking opportunities to incorporate or to enhance the type of financial education they deliver to their clientele.

The curriculum follows the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) guidelines for financial education core competencies. The content of the curriculum includes several lessons: (a) Who Am I with Money, (b) Tracking Spending, (c) Savings, (d) Spending Plans, (e) Money Services, (f) Credit, (g) What Happens When You Don’t Pay, and (h) Credit History and Score. These lessons use discussions, games, case examples, and other practical applications to everyday life.

Extension educators developed the curriculum based on a needs assessment survey of agencies that teach financial management to limited resource audiences. The lessons were peer-reviewed and field tested by a variety of personal finance experts. Classes will be offered:

Sterling, June 12-13

Registration deadline June 4, 2018


Chicago, June 25-26

Registration deadline June 15, 2018


Decatur, July 31-Aug. 1

Registration deadline July 23, 2018


Lake Villa, Aug. 20-21, 2018

Registration deadline Aug. 13, 2018


Kankakee, Sept. 13-14

Registration deadline Sept. 6, 2018


Participants will receive training on how to deliver the eight educational lessons to their clients. They will work closely with extension staff to gain hands-on experiences with the curriculum’s materials and learn in-depth, systematic procedures for teaching each lesson.

Educators and others who participate receive a rich experience that helps them develop their confidence in teaching these personal finance topics. It also strengthens their knowledge base, allowing them to provide the best financial educational experiences to their clients. All My Money: Change for the Better training supports key financial capabilities and participants become facilitators of these materials. 

To register for a class or to learn more about All My Money: Change for the Better, go to http://go.illinois.edu/ammTrainings or contact Kathy Sweedler, consumer economics extension educator, at sweedler@illinois.edu or 217.333.7672.