April was a bustling month for financial literacy activities at the Roundtable. Our Financial Literacy Calendar boosted a total of 141 events in 29 states with the participation of 27 Roundtable member companies.
In Washington, the Roundtable sponsored an annual favorite, the Jump$tart Coalition Dinner, honoring strides in financial literacy and some remarkable students who are putting their financial future first. On April 17, the Roundtable joined many other companies, and members of Congress in Financial Literacy Day on the Hill—a showcase of free resources which highlights the collective wealth of material for public consumption.
Outside of Washington, the Roundtable was a sponsor of the Annual Conference on Financial Education in Orlando, FL.
A frequent attendee of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, Roundtable staff attended an April 9th meeting that featured a panel discussion “Financial Capability and Empowering Communities to Succeed in the Economy of the Future.”
A hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, entitled “Financial Literacy: Empowering Americans to Prevent the Next Financial Crisis” prompted the Roundtable to submit a statement for the record. The statement highlighted the Roundtable’s 2012 goals for promoting financial literacy, including:
- Urging the GAO to conduct an annual study of every state’s efforts to educate their students (K-12) in financial literacy;
- Offering financial education to every student before they accept a student loan;
- Offering financial education to prospective homebuyers; and
- Permitting parents to start saving for their child’s retirement at birth.
April is not the end of support for financial literacy though. As a core priority of the Roundtable’s legislative agenda, staff will continue their outreach through the rest of the year by advocating for a comprehensive financial literacy bill that covers the entire lifespan of an American.
To read more about the Roundtable’s efforts in financial literacy, visit our Financial Literacy Corner.