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Financial Literacy

Attention: The Financial Committee Needs Your Help! See below for details.

2018 Financial Backpack Program

Financial literacy is crucial for making smart money choices. The Financial Women’s Association runs educational workshops for adults and teens to teach them skills and concepts related to budgeting, credit, savings, and more. Through ongoing trainings, FWA members can learn how to facilitate sessions on these key topics to pay it forward with their knowledge and experience.

In 2001, the FWA began offering financial literacy workshops to high school students through the Financial Backpack program, where participating students learn practical personal financial skills, such as budgeting, investing, and planning for college. Financial Backpack is delivered in a classroom setting with a FWA member, NYC teacher, and college student team-teaching. The curriculum consists of six modules, (e.g, spending plans and budgets, college financing, banking basis, understanding credit, etc.), which can be modified and arranged to cater delivery to the participating school or organization. We present these topics in a highly interactive manner, using real life case studies to get students thinking about real life applications of these important personal finance ideas. Over 2,800 students have participated and benefited from this program.

The adult financial literacy program started in 2004 with the goal of enabling adult women to better control six critical areas of personal financial decision making. The committee works in partnership with nonprofit training organizations in New York City to assist them in providing these skills to their students: with the Grace Institute, where adult women are trained for entry level administrative roles, and Non-Traditional Employment for Women, where adult women train for entry into the construction trades. The workshops focus on skills that enable these women to develop budgets, manage down their debt, and make the most of on-the-job benefits. The adult program is delivered in a classroom setting, with FWA members team-teaching sessions with the assistance of a peer trainer who is a representative of the student population, and a peer administrator who is responsible for the scheduling, attendance, and distribution of materials for each of the sessions.

Participating Organizations

Thanks to our generous sponsors for their continuing support of the Financial Backpack program.


Committee Connection

For more information on joining the committee or scheduling a workshop with your organization, please contact the Committee Co-chairs: Suzanne Matthews or Lindsay Starr.

Volunteer Opportunity

Our calendar is quickly filling up with teaching opportunities. Leading the list is W!SE, an educational nonprofit that offers financial education, college and career readiness programs, and services to students and at-risk adults.

To teach at W!SE we are looking for FWA volunteers who work in the financial district. If that's near your office, we encourage you to take 1 hour on a lunch break to teach a class at the High School of Economics on Trinity Place.

The classes we plan to teach for W!SE will be held from 1:46 pm to 2:37 pm. There are 10 different sessions we will lead. The Committee will provide training and coaching on what you need to know prior to the sessions. As soon as we learn your plans, you will also be sent links to the slides for each class and any handouts you’ll need.

Here are the dates you can choose from:

March 11,18, 25; April 2, 22; May 6, 13, 20, 27

We hope you'll sign up for one (or more) of these sessions. It's a great way to pull yourself away from your desk and make a wonderful contribution!

Email to volunteer today!