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Illinois Extension partners with New American Welcome Center for Let's Talk Money

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URBANA, Ill — Feeling overwhelmed by finances? Don't worry, you're not alone. University of Illinois Extension and the New American Welcome Center are excited to offer a six-session series called “Let’s Talk Money!” to help you gain financial knowledge and the confidence to discuss money with loved ones and professionals. All sessions will be held in English with a Spanish interpreter available, ensuring everyone feels comfortable and understood.

Sessions will take place once a month on Mondays from January 22 to June 24 at 4 p.m.

The first three sessions will be online, and the last three will be in-person at the New America Welcome Center in Lincoln Square Mall, 301 S Vine St. Ste. 102, Urbana, IL 61801. No registration is required to attend!

Why Attend This Series?

By attending this series, you will:

  • Improve your financial literacy: Learn about budgeting, saving, debt management, and more
  • Gain confidence: Talk openly and effectively about money with family, friends, and financial experts
  • Empower yourself: Take control of your financial well-being and achieve your financial goals with the knowledge and confidence you deserve

This series is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their financial literacy and communication skills, especially those who:

  • Feel uncomfortable talking about money
  • Are eager to learn the fundamentals of financial management
  • Want to make informed financial decisions

Session Topics

Who Are You With Money?
January 22 | 4. p.m. | Online
The first step to taking control of your money is matching your values and goals to your financial decision-making. In this interactive workshop, assess who you are with money and where you want to be in the future.

How Much Debt is Too Much Debt?
February 26 | 4. p.m. | Online
Deciding when and how much credit to use depends on the financial situation.

Credit Scores Revealed
March 25 | 4. p.m. | Online
Why is credit such a mystery? What's the difference between a credit score, credit report, and credit history? Learn this and more!

Debt Repayment Strategies
April 22 | 4. p.m. | In-Person at the New American Welcome Center
Learn strategies for prioritizing debt repayment and paying it down effectively. Explore options for student loan repayment, too.

Make Your Savings Grow
May 20 | 4. p.m. | In-Person at the New American Welcome Center
Do you feel alone in your struggle to save? This session addresses the challenges of saving and provides practical ways to help you grow and maintain healthy saving behaviors.

Secrets for Financial Success
June 24 | 4. p.m. | In-Person at the New American Welcome Center
Money comes in. Money goes out. Do you have money left for your important goals and wants? Learn the secrets of directing your money to where you want it to go.

    If you have questions or need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Emily Harmon at

    Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn and grow financially!

    Interested in more Financial Related Topics?

    Visit our Finances Page or check out this webinar series, Money Basics

    About Extension

    Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.