Our Financial Literacy classes help students identify ways to better manage their money, reduce expenses, save for emergencies and improve their self-advocacy skills in a fun and interactive setting. Using the FDIC “Money Smart” curriculum and class role play activities, the students learn basic steps for creating a household budget, choosing and using banking resources, identifying borrowing risks and benefits, improving credit and saving for financial goals. Whether they come to a stand-alone class or a series of five classes, students gain awareness of tools to help them build savings as well as resources to help them with financial issues. All students receive a “budget box” which is a portable file with tools to help them create a budget and manage their financial records and bills.
Pathfinders provides financial coaching to help low and moderate income people attain financial stability. Financial Coaching builds on financial (education/management) skills to address personal needs for improving financial behaviors. Each client-driven session is led by a volunteer Coach with training in budgeting, banking and borrowing, and credit. These sessions allow participants to come with their own questions and work with a coach to take back control of their finances, make better decisions, and regain a foothold in financial stability and self-sufficiency. Participants in the program are referred to Pathfinders through our partnership in the United Way’s Financial Stability Initiative.
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