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April is Financial Capability Month

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed April as Financial Capability Month in Minnesota. Financial Capability Month is an opportunity to showcase the importance financial education. Our team has several events and workshops throughout the month to help educate and empower the organizations, communities, families, and individuals we work with across Minnesota.

Financial Education Workshops at Minnesota Correction Facilities — This April, a team of six Extension educators will hold eight financial education workshops at five Minnesota Correctional Facilities. These two-hour workshops provide financial education to offenders to help them become financially stable upon release. Extension educators will also work collaboratively with the transition coordinators to help build financial education capacity at each facility.

Minnesota Financial Fitness Network (MFFN) & Minnesota Tax Education and Assistance Coalition (MNTEAC) MeetingApril 14, 11–1 p.m. — Liz Reppe, Minnesota State Law Librarian, will provide information on our state law libraries. Ellen Krug, Executive Director at Call for Justice, LLC, will share the work that Call for Justice is doing to help front-line staff navigate legal resources. Learn more and register.
2015 Chicana-Latina Mother & Daughter ConferenceApril 18, 2015 — For more information on this conference held at Minnesota State University, Mankato, please contact Maritza Navarro (se habla español): 507-345-1577,

Financial Educators Certificate (FEC) Program GraduationApril 27, 3–5 p.m. — The University of Minnesota online Financial Educator Certificate Program equips community-based professionals with knowledge and skills to work with people to manage financial resources, build financial assets, and improve financial health and well-being. The graduation will take place at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC).

Using Children's Literature to Teach Financial LiteracyApril 28, 10–11 a.m.At Hibbing Public Library, Extension Educator Lori Hendrickson will talk with parents about the importance of saving using the book Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday, by Judith Viorst. Learn more about Using Children's Literature to Teach Financial Literacy.

Your Money, Your Goals WebinarApril 28, 10–11:30 a.m. — During Financial Capability month, University of Minnesota is teaming up with Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Minnesota Department of Commerce to offer a Your Money, Your Goals webinar. Your Money, Your Goals is a financial empowerment toolkit created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Extension educators will present on cultural influences on financial decision-making, budgeting, dealing with debt and protecting consumer rights. Learn more and register.

Minnesota Department of Commerce RoundtableApril 28, 1–4:30 p.m. — 2015 marks the fifth year that Minnesota's financial education and empowerment community will come together for the Financial Capability Roundtable, at which Associate Dean Karen Shirer will be a panelist. Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will share details of the CFPB's report on financial well-being and highlight the agency's work. University of Minnesota Extension will be recognized as a partner in the roll out of the financial empowerment toolkit, Your Money, Your Goals. Learn more and register.

NEFE High School Financial Planning Program WebinarApril 29, 3:30–4:30 p.m. — Extension is hosting this webinar that provides an overview of the NEFE (National Endowment for Financial Education) High School Financial Planning Program and updates. Educators will also share information to help students prevent post-secondary debt. Learn more and register [no longer available].

Minnesota Jump$tart's Annual EventApril 30, 4–6 p.m. — This event held at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis includes featured speaker Nicole Middendorf of Prosperwell Financial. Extension educators will be doing a breakout session on Family Finances: Personal Finance with Your Children. Learn more and register [no longer available].

Mary Jo Katras, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency

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