Central Bank of Kansas City is passionate about financial education in our community and is focused on teaching Kansas City citizens how to take control of their personal finances and be responsible consumers. Beginning with its co-sponsorship of the first annual Financial Fitness Week in 2008 (renamed Money Smart Week); Central Bank has helped present educational programs to hundreds of adults, teens and children.
Money Smart Month is in April and is sponsored by Central Bank of Kansas City along with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, The United Way of GKC, FDIC, Catholic Charities and others. In fact, we have 281 partners that help deliver financial education through the Money Smart KC initiative. In April 2017, it included 1,281 educational events designed to encourage sound financial behavior. There was a total of 27,336 attendees at all the events, which includes 6,831 K-3rd grade students through the Fed's Teach Children to Save program.
During Money Smart Month, classes focus on such important topics as budgeting, living on a fixed income, home buying, investing, credit reports, digging out of debt, alternatives to payday loans and small business ownership. Participants also learn about the financial education services available for Kansas City area residents. In 2017, Central Bank of Kansas City presented 12 events with 378 participants and involved many officers in the bank. For more information or to find workshops, go to www.moneysmartkc.org.
Also, in April 2016, Money Smart KC (MSKC) launched a new website where you can find tips and tools on a variety of topics(36 on our main topic page) to help you manage and grow your money. MSKC has also recently launched a teen and youth topic pages. Everything from credit to insurance to retirement can be found on these topic pages. Also make sure to check out our year-round calendar of events where you can learn about everything financial (up to 200 events each month).
Central Bank is also involved in many other programs promoting financial education including Next Step KC, Kansas City Saves, The United Way Financial Stability Task Force, K.C.'s Financial Tools Task Force, ABA Teach Kids to Save Day, and ABA Get Smart About Credit.
Churches, schools and non-profits are just some of the places where we teach workshops to help the community become better educated in personal financial matters. We have presented to the following organizations: Awesome Ambitions (9th grade urban high school girls), Don Bosco Senior Center, Newhouse Shelter for Women, St. Mark's Child Care Center, Garfield Elementary, Wendell-Phillips Elementary, Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School, Green Works, Lincoln College Prep Academy, HEDC, Freedom Schools, Urban Ranger Corps, Alta Vista High School, Penn Valley Community College, Plaza de Niño's Preschool, Police Athletic League, Culinary Cornerstones,Don Bosco Family Center, Mattie Rhodes Family Center, Family Conservancy, Manuel Technical Center, and the Boys and Girls Club of Kansas City.