Financial Literacy


Grundy Bank has had the distinct opportunity to engage with local high schools on the importance of financial literacy. Grundy Bank has successfully reached over 400 students, imparting essential financial knowledge. Bank employees have facilitated sessions covering fundamental topics such as budgeting, spending, deposit accounts, and check writing. This initiative underscores the critical role of financial education in aiding students as they navigate significant life transitions. Grundy Bank is committed to empowering the next generation with the tools needed for financial success.


Financial Literacy Tami Coss

Tami Coss, Assistant Vice President l Commercial Lending 

Financial Literacy Randy Matravers

Randy Matravers, Assistant Vice President | Consumer Lending

Financial Literacy Kristen Garmon

Kristen Garmon, Commercial Loan Specialist

Financial Literacy Jen Yurkovich

Jen Yurkovich, Assistant Branch Manager

Grundy Bank takes pride in providing financial literacy to local high schools including: Morris Community High School, Minooka Central Community High School, Seneca High School, Reed-Custer High School and Wilmington High School.

If you are interested in having Grundy Bank visit your high school and present on current financial literacy topics, please contact Marketing & Sales Director, Christine Mendez at (815) 513-2241 or email at

The Bank Tour: Learning About Finance Through Play

We cordially invite children of all ages to experience our bank tours. Our aim is to inspire and educate young minds about our diverse financial services and how they can benefit their financial journeys. We strongly encourage students to visit our bank and explore the endless possibilities of financial education. Our knowledgeable staff is always available to provide valuable insights and guidance, ensuring a fulfilling and informative experience for all visitors.

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Ashley Speed, Vice President along with kids from Step by Step Child Care Center 

 Step by Step 2Ashley Speed, Vice President speaking with kids on different types of coins used for currency

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Pictured left to right: Ashley Speed, Vice President, students from REACH High School and Transition Programs, Christine Mendez, Marketing & Sales Director and Kevin Olson, President & CEO


Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest - TBA, 2024

Grundy Bank is excited to announce the ABA Foundation Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest - sponsored by Plinqit. This contest is a call for teens to use their imagination to educate themselves and their peers about the value of building sound financial habits before adulthood. Videos can talk about any money management topics from paying for college, to saving through auto deposits, protecting your identity and knowing your credit score. 

If you're between 13 and 18 and ready to put your creativity to the test, then the Lights, Camera, Save! video contest is for you. Create a 30-second video about financial responsibility that will appeal to other teens. Topic ideas include: budgeting, automatic savings, credit scores, retirement - the sky is the limit! 

Grundy Bank will host the first round of judging and select a winner to compete on the national level for one of three cash prizes, including $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for the third place. 

Videos will be judged on their quality, message, content and the criteria set forth by the contestant's official rules. 

October 1, 2023: Contest open to students

December 1, 2023: Contest closes for students 

CBAI Foundation: Annual Essay Scholarship Program  

$1,000 is available for one student in each of the 12 CBAI Groups
$500 for 12 second‑place winners
Total of $4,000 for the statewide winner

  • 2024 CBAI Student Packet
  • All essays must be submitted to Grundy Bank no later than Friday, February 23, 2024. Submit essays and packet to  

  Youth & Money  

How soon is too soon to talk to your kids or grandkids about money?

The best financial lessons are part of everyday experience.

To instill lifelong financial skills, it's crucial to start teaching about money when they're young enough to ask for toys or bikes. The most effective way to do this is by incorporating financial lessons into everyday activities. Engage them in discussions about money and encourage them to read books and play games that emphasize the importance of spending money wisely. 




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