Last week AC CAN presented at the California Asset Building Coalition Symposium in Sacramento. We were on a panel called Making it Work-Integrating Financial Capability in Workforce Programs, moderated by Lisa Forti from First 5 Alameda County. We shared the work that AC CAN has done to bring together youth workforce programs and financial capability programs to identify the challenges to doing more financial education in workforce programs, and develop solutions to overcome those challenges.
Rosalyn Epstein, AC CAN Coordinator, and Trish Johnson, Executive Director of Game Theory Academy and AC CAN Steering Committee Member, presented on the data from our Summer Youth Workforce Survey which found that workforce providers already see the value of integrating financial education into their programs, and have started to find ways to do so. Providers identified a host of topics they would like to cover, and also indicated that they want more support for determining which topics to teach, identifying quality curriculum, training their staff, help deciding whether to bring in a financial education program or cover the topic themselves, and information about financial education programs they can work with. For the first time, AC CAN presented our list of recommended asset building tools and services which will help workforce programs to overcome the challenges to integration. The recommended tools will be released with the final report early in the new year.
Also on the panel were Margaret Libby, Executive Director of MyPath, and Christa Brown, Youth Financial Capability Consultant at the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment. Trish and Margaret presented on their organizations’ financial capability work and Christa talked about ways that cities and counties can support financial capability initiatives in workforce programs.