MANSFIELD — Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague visited Mansfield today to present the Richland County OSU Extension office with the Compass Award in recognition of demonstrating excellence in the field of financial literacy education.
In conjunction with National Financial Literacy Month, Treasurer Sprague recently announced 59 county OSU Extension offices as April’s Compass Award honorees. The monthly recognition program commends the organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
The Real Money. Real World. program was developed by OSU Extension and is designed for youth ages 12-18. The curriculum includes an interactive spending simulation that provides participants the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults.
Real Money. Real World. is evidence-based and delivered through strategic partnerships involving county OSU Extension offices, local schools, and other community stakeholders that act as volunteers for simulations. The program is currently offered in 59 Ohio counties.
Last year, during America Saves Week, the Treasurer’s office announced a partnership with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to advance and expand the use of the college’s Real Money. Real World. financial education program in school districts across the state.
OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
In addition to the Compass Award and Real Money. Real World. programs, the Treasurer’s office maintains an online Financial Literacy Resource Guide to provide Ohioans with a series of resources to help make informed decisions around budgeting, saving, and borrowing.
More information about the office’s financial literacy initiatives can be found online.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $29 billion investment and $11 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.