Programs and Activities
Financial Empowerment Programs
The committee conducts group financial literacy programs and workshops in all five boroughs of New York City. Our financial empowerment workshops and individual counseling served over 2,000 participants in 2015. Several new programs have been established that can be offered to partner organizations.
Regarding Taxes, Retirement Planning, Credit Repair, Banking or other topics as requested.
Basic Financial Empowerment Program
A unique program for certain organizations that consists of a four-to-six session workshop series about the basics of goal setting and budgeting, banking, credit repair, debt management, savings and investments, and very basic retirement planning, insurance, and wills.
A twelve week, one-and-one-half hour workshop series (some with pre- and post-testing) covering the following financial planning topics:
- Goals & Spending - Banking
- Credit and Credit Repair
- Employment Benefits - Find the Hidden Treasures in Your Paycheck
- Investments - Understand Investments & Build a Portfolio
- Retirement - Retire Young & Rich
- Demystify Your Tax Return
- Buy or Rent
- Small Business
- Wills - No Will! - Who Gets Your Stuff & Who Raises Your Kids?
- *Exam and Certificate of Financial Literacy Presentation Ceremony (for the MoneyW!SE Program)
Individual Financial Counseling
The committee provides one-on-one financial counseling to individuals who find themselves in financial crisis. Research continues to show that one-on-one counseling is the most effective method of inspiring client actions to change financial behavior. In 2016, the committee is collaborating with community-based organization, Career Gear to deliver three-session counseling commitments to 50 clients. Topical focus is negotiated with each client based on specific needs. Contact committee member Bruce Katz at email@example.com for more information. Advisors also deliver advanced client counseling on request by selected community-based organizations on such topics as retirement planning, credit repair, foreclosure and debt restructuring.