Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.
Shout Out to Vittoria Maccaro, branch manager of Bankwell in Norwalk for spearheading a Financial Literacy program for Norwalk students of all ages. The program stems from Bankwell’s commitment to give back to the communities it serves.
“It is important for students to understand managing money and credit, and the importance of cyber security and safekeeping of personal financial information,” notes Vittoria. “By educating our youth about finances, they will be better prepared to plan, save and budget as adults,” she adds.
According to a recent U.S. Government study, financial illiteracy is more common among low-income individuals because they typically do not have wide access to accurate financial information. With such illiteracy, youth from low-income households can fall victim later as adults to scams, high-interest rate loans and increasing debt.
Shout Out to the Norwalk Fire Department – Office of Emergency Managementand the Norwalk Early Childhood Council (NECC) for working together to keep the youngest children in our community safe. On January 10, 2018, a Preparedness Workshop for Childcare Providers will be offered at Norwalk City Hall from 12 – 2 pm that will address how staff can plan and prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of flood, power-outages or other major disasters. Child Care providers, both large and small, provide a critical link to families within a community.