UPDATES FROM TREASURER TISHAURA O. JONES
Happy New Year to you and your family! We are almost one month into 2017, and most of us are working on our goals and resolutions for the year. I bet some of you want to improve your finances this year. That’s where our Office of Financial Empowerment can help!
We offer free financial classes, credit and money management workshops and one-on-one counseling designed to help people make better choices with their money. Click here to sign up for a class or a counseling appointment. Let’s make sure that you have the information and resources to achieve your financial goals in 2017!
SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for the 2017 St. Louis Metro Financial Empowerment and Job Fair on April 1st, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. We'll have more information on the fair in future newsletters. I look forward to seeing you there!
YOUR MONEY, YOUR GOALS
We are now offering financial education classes for the parents, grandparents and guardians of our College Kids. These classes incorporate the Your Money, Your Goals curriculum from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Each month focuses on a different financial topic.
This month, participants learned about goal setting and planning for large purchases. Next month’s class topic is how to manage goals, bills and emergencies.
Classes take place in the evenings at the OFE to accommodate work schedules. Your Money, Your Goals is just one of many options College Kids families have to learn about how to improve their finances. Families can also access financial education online, via the OT Mobile smartphone app, or at Lunch and Learns. Click here for the full schedule of Your Money, Your Goals and upcoming topics.
COLLEGE KIDS/COMMON CENTS LAB PARTNERSHIP
We believe in learning from the best practices of others. That’s why we’re teaming up with the Common Cents Lab at Duke University to make our College Kids Children’s Savings Program even better. Read more.
AMERICA SAVES WEEK
|America Saves Week (February 27-March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Savers and those who want to start saving are encouraged to set a goal, make a plan and save automatically. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more America Saves Week tips. Set a goal today!|
FAMILY SAVINGS NIGHT
|Parents and College Kids gathered at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union on January 25th for Family Savings Night. All College Kids in attendance received a $20 scholarship from 1st Financial, and all deposits made were matched up to the first $100! Check out photos from Family Savings Night, and mark your calendar for the next Family Savings Night on Tuesday, March 14th, at 5:30 pm.|
FINANCIAL LITERACY IN THE COMMUNITY
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Kingdom House to offer financial literacy classes. Kingdom House offers programs and services to help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency, and find a path out of poverty.
Classes will be offered at Kingdom House until March on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the evenings, and class topics and times will be posted on the Office of Financial Empowerment website under the “community events” tab. Kingdom House is located at 1321 South 11th Street.
CHIPS 'N TIPS FROM THE TREASURER
Get ready for Chips ‘n Tips! Join the Office of Financial Empowerment in City Hall every third Thursday of each month for free financial advice and a bag of chips!
SUPPORT THE OFE
The Office of Financial Empowerment could not be possible without unique partnerships crossing all sections of financial education, banking, nonprofit and philanthropy. To get involved with the OFE please contact us at 314-622-4700 or email gatesL@stlouis-mo.gov.