SMART MONEY: Youth Financial Literacy Program

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The state is launching a new program designed to help young Iowans learn financial literacy.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the program Monday morning, which is offered through Iowa College Aid. The program, titled Vault, will be available free to all Iowa elementary and middle schools.

It features lessons, games, and real-life scenarios that will challenge students to make smart financial decisions.

“By instilling the principles of sound budgeting within our youth, it is our hope to bring financial stability to families throughout Iowa,” said Reynolds. “Reaching students at a younger age and helping them form responsible attitudes about money in their formative years, paves the road for financial stability for our citizens.”

The program is targeted toward students in 4th through 6th grades.

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