It’s never too early to start working on financial literacy. That’s why Allison Bartels, compliance officer at Oak Brook, Ill.-based Leaders Bank, enjoys sharing her knowledge with local school students. A bank’s drive to improve financial literacy isn’t limited to working with their own customers. Many banks participate in community-based financial literacy programs to train the community at large about banking and finance, Bartels says. Those efforts strive to educate youth about personal finance to ready them for entry into the work force. The educational effort extends to adults as well.