Youth encouraged to get smart about credit

2013-10-04T00:00:00Z Youth encouraged to get smart about creditTimes Staff
October 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Employees of Centier Bank are looking for classroom opportunities to teach students at local high schools the “do’s and don’ts” of credit to mark National Get Smart About Credit Day, a financial literacy outreach program sponsored by the American Bankers Association.

The program, now in its 11th year, is a national campaign sending out volunteer bankers to help young people develop responsible credit habits.

Educators interested in scheduling a credit presentation for their high school classroom should contact Karla Ortegon, from the Centier Learning Center, at (219) 755-6120, ext.1811 or by Monday.

“As a strong financial leader, it is our responsibility to help teach our youth about establishing good credit. In the near future, they will need loans for college or a new car, and we hope to raise awareness right from the start about the responsible use of credit by participating in the Get Smart About Credit program,” said Mike Schrage, president and CEO of Centier Bank.

Although Centier bankers host classroom presentations year round, the ABA has marked Oct. 17 as national “Get Smart About Credit Day.” Presentations will be made throughout October and November in area high schools.

Classroom lessons focus on the ‘how-to’s’ of credit, including obtaining and managing credit, how to read a credit report effectively, why a good credit record is so important, how budgeting now can help you avoid credit problems later, and how to protect financial information from identity theft.


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