July 2016

July 2016 OFE Newsletter 






As we approach the first anniversary of the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), I want to thank our partners and supporters for assisting with financial empowerment programs throughout the last year. With your commitment, we can continue to educate and provide resources to citizens of the City of St. Louis to help them make better choices with their money. I look forward to the future programs and classes that we will bring to the St. Louis region through our continued collaboration. 

Please join me as we celebrate the first anniversary of the Office of Financial Empowerment on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in City Hall, Room 220. RSVP here no later than August 12, 2016.




The Financial Empowerment Lunch and Learns are now open to the public! 

We added a new addition to our series in partnership with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Now, employees of the airport can attend both Breakfast and Learns and Lunch and Learns. Pictured above is Dan IaDevito, Eagle Bank's St. Louis Regional Manager, detailing steps to prevent identity theft during the first Breakfast and Learn presentation earlier this month.                                                                  

RSVP for upcoming classes by calling 314-622-4700 or visiting our website. Remember classes are FREE, open to the public, and those who RSVP will receive a free lunch.




BY THE NUMBERS:                   

Congratulations to all College Kids who graduated kindergarten this May! 

Last fall, we opened 3,143 accounts, and are excited as our initial cohort of College Kids become first graders in August 2016. To date, College Kids' families saved $3,462 of their own money, in addition to earning more than $20,600 in matches and incentives in less than one year! More than 26% of College Kids are enrolled in our attendance incentive, and that number continues to grow. We look forward to opening children's savings accounts for the next cohort of College Kids next month.


“Treasurer Jones has shown us that encouraging our next generation to go further is not enough, but investing in their future and building a firm financial foundation is a major key to ensuring the successful and bright future we want for them. Treasurer Jones is saying, 'We must invest now!'"
-Parent, City Garden Montessori                                 





For more information and to support College Kids visit our website.



Congratulations are in order for Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones as she was recently honored by the St. Louis County NAACP with the 2016 NAACP Freedom Fund Game Changer Award for Economic Empowerment! 

To view the tribute video and learn more about Treasurer Jones’ achievements in economic empowerment, click here to visit our website. 

HOPE Inside


We are pleased to announce the addition of Carla Reid, Financial Wellbeing Coach for Operation HOPE, to our team.

Carla can help you take control of your finances through one-on-one financial counseling, credit and money management classes, and the 700 Credit Score Community program. Carla has more than 12 years of experience as a case manager for low-income individuals, children, and families. We are excited to have her join our team.


To schedule an one-on-one appointment or attend an upcoming workshop click here
All Operation HOPE services are free! 




People’s Community Action Corporation (PCAC) Proudly Presents On the Money St. Louis Magazine

People’s Community Action Corporation (PCAC) is excited to bring On The Money St. Louis Magazine to its programs and services for youth and young adults. This project provides an unique opportunity for young adults in St. Louis to work as journalists, photographers, bloggers and website developers. The team has worked hard to strengthen their existing skills and acquire the new skills, including, creating a website, writing weekly blog posts, utilizing social media and photography, and creating the On the Money Magazine.

“We support On the Money because we believe financial empowerment is... (READ MORE)



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

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