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Smart Money Initiative DeKalb County, 2021

October 19th, 2020
Categories: Adults, Educational Connections, Kids, News, Personal Enrichment, Personal Enrichment, Retirement, Seniors, Teen, Tweens
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Kishwaukee United Way, DeKalb Public Library, and local partners offer Smart Money Initiative DeKalb County. This initiative brings together businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies, and the media to share information and resources on personal finance topics.

Online resources are available throughout the year for all ages, with information sessions and youth activities scheduled throughout April (National Financial Literacy Month) each year.

Smart Money Initiative DeKalb County is shared online via:

  • Kishwaukee United Way website & Facebook page
  • DeKalb Public Library website & Facebook page

Featured Item

DeKalb Workforce Development Office – April Events

Join us as we focus on securing funding for your career goals and negotiating your salary with prospective and current employers. Workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done the day of the event. For more information on these workshops and how to join contact Aaron Briggs at [email protected] or at (601) 460-1151.

Virtual Events

The following virtual events will be presented during April 2021. You must register for all virtual events through the library. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom credentials.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in lending ideas or providing resources for the initiative, assisting with marketing the initiative, or providing a video information session for next April, contact us!

Online Resources for all Ages

Links to resources offering games, activities, information, organizations that provide community resources, programs, and curriculum/teaching materials are listed below and featured on the following Facebook (FB) pages:

Kishwaukee United Way FB and DeKalb Public Library FB


*Teachers should consider resources in the Student section as well.


College Students


Adults and Consumer Groups

Podcasts, Blogs, & Webinars

  • NEW! CARE Blog: Letter to my Teenage Self-Money Lessons
  • Planet Money – an American podcast and blog produced by NPR. Using “creative and entertaining” dialogue and narrative, Planet Money claims to be “The Economy Explained”
  • The Dough Roller Money Podcast – a finance podcast for easy-to-understand advice and guidance on managing your money. We discuss personal finance, retirement, money tools, resources, best practices for saving, debt reduction, investing and so much more!
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s (Chicago Fed) – MSW 2020 virtual resource sessions are available again for 2021. Past video sessions are also available.
  • Listen, Money Matters – Andrew and Thomas offer uncensored, straight shooter advice every week over a cold beer. Listen, Money Matters covers tough topics without all the lecturing and while making room for real life.
  • Stacking Benjamins – an award-winning podcast that focuses on helping others build wealth. Hosted by Joe Saul-Sehy and characters known as the Other Guy and crazy Neighbor Doug, this podcast offers financial education sometimes disguised as comedy–all from Saul-Sehy’s mom’s basement.
  • Webinar –  by Cindy Ivanac-Lillig, Economic Outreach Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Partners and Contact Information

If you have questions, would like to volunteer to offer a virtual session, or have resources to share online, please contact Gretchen Sprinkle, executive director of Kishwaukee United Way at (815) 756-7522.

All sessions, resources, and information are provided without cost to the public and are offered without compensation or benefit to the partner organizations/volunteers.

Smart Money Initiative DeKalb County partners are individuals, businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies, and media outlets that actively participate on the planning committee and/or during April. Partners provide educational materials, presenters, workshops or seminars, facilities to host events, sponsor events, promotional materials, prizes for youth activities or student competitions, or assist in marketing the initiative. We would like to thank our partners for their role in this initiative!

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