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Treasurer Josh Mandel Recognizes National Financial Literacy Month

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is proud to recognize National Financial Literacy Month, an annual initiative designed to highlight the importance of establishing healthy financial habits in order to best prepare for a successful financial future.   

Treasurer Mandel is committed to promoting financial wellness across Ohio by providing helpful tools and resources to assist Ohioans at every stage in life.  Whether it be preparing for college or preparing for retirement, the Treasurer’s office provides easily accessible, free resources to help Ohioans make informed decisions in personal finance.  

“As Treasurer, my goal is to help provide a solid financial foundation for Ohioans,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “I believe that by offering helpful tools and resources, Ohioans can be best prepared to plan for a successful future.” 

The Treasurer’s office engages non-profit organizations, cultivates public-private partnerships, and leverages technology to connect citizens and educators with helpful and innovative financial education resources.

Ongoing financial literacy initiatives offered by the Treasurer’s office include: 
  • ‘Financial EDge’ – The Treasurer’s Financial EDge initiative provides a suite of free resources to assist teachers in meeting state financial literacy requirements that became effective with the graduating class of 2014.  This toolkit has been enhanced to focus on specific topics and content statements outlined in the Ohio Model Curricula for financial literacy, social studies and government.  Financial EDge can accommodate classrooms with varying learning styles and technological capabilities by providing interactive online programming along with print-based materials.  You can find dozens of these free, interactive tools at   
  • ‘Real Money. Real World.’ – The Treasurer’s office supports The Ohio State University Extension’s signature program, ‘Real Money. Real World.’ (RMRW), an interactive budget simulation that aims to prepare youth for their financial futures.  RMRW provides the opportunity for students to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those faced by 27-year-old adults.  
  • Teaching Strategies - Utilizing, teaching strategies were developed to assist educators in facilitating stimulating discussions about the cost and budgeting process of government spending while teaching personal financial literacy skills.  These strategies can be utilized for social studies, financial literacy, business education and government classes.
  • 'Smart Money Choices’ – The Treasurer’s Smart Money Choices provides Ohioans with tools to help make informed decisions in personal finance.  Smart Money Choices offers information and resources for the general public with an improved curriculum that is now more accessible than ever to all Ohioans. 
  • Smart Money Choices Direct – The Treasurer’s office has partnered with financial literacy experts to bring financial literacy education direct to livings rooms across Ohio. Smart Money Choices Direct offers free online courses, such as budgeting, credit and debt management, consumer fraud protection and more. 
  • Smart Money Choices Speakers Bureau – Building on long-standing partnerships with agencies and experts throughout the state, the Treasurer’s office created the Smart Money Choices Speakers Bureau to connect organizations, companies and schools with financial experts and accredited speakers across Ohio.  
In March 2004, the United States Senate passed a resolution officially declaring April ‘National Financial Literacy Month.’  This initiative, celebrated by financial institutions and organizations across the country, is designed to raise awareness on the importance of financial education and provide Americans with resources and knowledge needed to establish and maintain smart financial habits.   

For more information on the Treasurer’s Financial Literacy initiatives, please visit our website at 

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