Strive. Questions about money and banking? The road to your financial future starts here.




KIDS: have fun discovering and learning about the value of money and how the world uses it every day.

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TEENS: learn about the basics of banking to help you start developing money management skills.

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YOUNG ADULTS: apply your financial knowledge to set you on the path to achieving financial independence. Start putting your short and long term goals within reach.

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April is National Financial Literacy Month.

This month and year-round, individuals of any age are encouraged to take stock of their financial footing and learn how to establish and maintain smart financial habits. NBT Bank is a proud supporter of growing the money management skills of youth and young adults in our communities through our Strive® financial literacy program.

To help grow your money skills, explore the library of Strive® resources available on our website for youth, young adults, parents, teachers and employers.

For quick and easy ideas on how to boost your financial literacy skills, check out our "Keys to Financial Success" for tips on managing a budget, paying down debt while saving for emergencies, and establishing achievable goals to help them reach financial success.

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As part of our continuing commitment to our customers and the communities we serve, NBT Bank is further emphasizing the importance of fundamentals by delivering financial education and banking products that will help today's youth grow into financially responsible, independent adults.

Because developing smart financial habits at a young age often helps build a brighter financial future, NBT Bank introduces its Strive financial literacy program. Strive is a source for learning and inspiration to help kids, teens and young adults establish a positive relationship with money and navigate personal finances as their financial needs mature.

The program will teach youth and young adults about money and managing personal finance in five key areas: Financial Responsibility and Decision Making, Income and Careers, Planning and Money Management, Credit and Debt, and Saving and Investing.

To help put their learning into practice, NBT Bank introduces iStrive banking for youth and young adults. iStrive is a unique line of banking products built specifically to support kids, teens and young adults as they gain first-hand experience managing their money. iStrive delivers checking, savings, debit and credit products that are designed to grow with their individual needs.

NBT Bank believes that everyone plays a part in building a strong financial future for our communities. NBT Bank has developed resources specifically to help parents, educators, and employers take an active role in supporting our area's youth on their journey to financial independence. As a part of our Strive program efforts, NBT Bank offers comprehensive financial literacy curriculum available to all local school districts and colleges for classroom-based education. Explore this section of the website to learn more.

You can also find our full offerings of iStrive youth and young adult checking, savings, debit and credit products here. Or, stop by your NBT Bank office and ask your branch manager to introduce you to the new iStrive line of youth and young adult banking products.