Youth Workforce is Teaching Financial Education and Wants to Do More
Alameda County Community Asset Network, AC CAN, held it’s fall stakeholder convening, The Results are In: Analysis of Financial Education in Youth Workforce Programs, as a continuation of it’s work this year to help youth workforce programs integrate financial education and financial products into their programs. Last spring AC CAN held an event to assess youth workforce programs’ interest in bringing financial education and products to youth, and the response was loud and clear. Workforce program providers are well aware of the need for financial education and are looking for effective ways to incorporate it into their programs. Programs are at many different stages, and identified different needs and barriers in creating the kinds of programs they would like to see. Building on this event, AC CAN completed a data collection process during summer youth workforce programs, when the largest number of youth tend to be working. The data summarizes the experiences of workforce providers in Alameda County.
AC CAN used the fall event to present the preliminary data to participants, many of whom had taken part in the data project. Using the data as a jumping off point, AC CAN facilitated a conversation to identify what strategies and supports workforce providers needed in order to continue building youth financial management skills. When the final report is released, it will include a data snapshot of current financial education in Alameda County youth workforce programs, as well as strategies to enable workforce programs to increase their financial education capability.
At the fall stakeholder convening Rosalyn Epstein, AC CAN Program Coordinator, Trish Johnson, Executive Director of Game Theory Academy, and Sabrina Kansara, Director of Strategy at MyPath shared a first look at the summarized data. 33 youth workforce programs contributed data to the project, and together, they served over 11,000 youth this summer. AC CAN found that workforce programs are eager to provide financial education to youth, and most have already started to do so.
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NPower invites you to Celebrate
their first class of San Francisco Bay Area graduates. The event will take place on Nov 14th and will feature a Commencement address by Alicia Johnson, Managing Director, Infrastructure Services, Accenture
EBALDC announces the opening of the SPARC-It-Place Community Market
Every First Friday EBALDC is launching a temporary monthly market event series to bring people together and incubate new small businesses from the neighborhood who are just starting out. They envision this site as a place of cross-pollination for the many programs, partners, and people served by SPARC, the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative,— calling it the SPARC-It-Place. If you have ideas, or want to be a vendor, please contact them!
SPARC-It-Place will be every first Friday, 34th St. and San Pablo Ave, 4:30-7pm
News from the Field
Vote Your Values
After AC CAN’s Stakeholder Convening focused on affordable housing, many participants expressed interest in receiving more information on ballot initiatives at county and local level which impact the housing crisis in our county, and in the region. Here are several voter’s guides which are prepared by different organizations in the region. Each of these guides provide more information on initiatives which will impact the availability of affordable housing.
Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond Fact Sheet – English, Spanish, Chinese
East Bay Housing Organizations Voter Guide on Housing
AC CAN encourages you to vote on or before November 8th, and to inform yourself about the different issues on the ballot. AC CAN does not take a position on any ballot initiatives.
CFPB Announces the Opportunity to participate in the 2017 Your Money, Your Goals Cohort
CFPB is looking for approximately 30 organizations from around the country who are interested in using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit to help build the financial capability of the people they serve. Members of the 2017 Your Money, Your Goals Cohort will receive training, toolkits, and technical assistance. Technical assistance will include support for your organization as it develops and applies its Your Money, Your Goals implementation plan.
Urban Strategies Council – Director of Resource Development
California Budget and Policy Center – Senior Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst
Community Financial Resources – Partner Relationship Manager: Western Region
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation –SparkPoint Oakland Manager
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation –
Financial Services Coordinator – Havenscourt Schools @ Lion Creek Crossings
PolicyLink – Senior Associate, Equitable Economy
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