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Our Programs


The EAC provides a range of programs serving over 25,000 youth (ages 3-25) and their families annually. Learn more about each type of EAC program below.


EAC youth programs provide basic financial education information regarding skills such as earning, saving, spending and banking using stories, games, songs and crafts that young children can relate to. Check out sample resources used in these programs under the Youth Resources and Contact Us for more information about youth programs. 




The EAC's hallmark teen financial education curriculum, Get Real: Financial Decisions in the Real World, was developed in 2007 utilizing survey and interview information from actual teens to convey information regarding basic financial skills such as: goal setting, managing your first paycheck, banking, budgeting, credit and saving/investing. 


The EAC’s online learning tools for youth employees with One Summer Chicago and other programs can be found at  (see Payday Ready Playlist).


Check out On the Money Magazine, a financial literacy magazine written by teens, for teens. Visit the OTM website for more information on internships and scholarships! You can also visit On the Money Magazine Online to read categorized articles or read more about our interns.




Young Illinois Saves (YIS) is a state chapter of the national America Saves campaign of the Consumer Federation of America. Visit YIS to join the thousands of Illinois students who have set a savings goal and made a commitment to save monthly through YIS, access YIS student made videos and saver newsletters and create your own college budget



The EAC provides resources in Spanish and English for families of EAC students including basic banking, budgeting to save, saving at tax time and credit savvy. The EAC also provides a limited number of family financial education sessions, see Hope Builders under Resources

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