March 2017 Newsletter

UPDATES FROM TREASURER TISHAURA O. JONES

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When I was first elected Treasurer in 2012, I inherited an office that was so far behind, my staff joked that it was stuck in the 19th century. Through hard work, innovation and studying the best practices of cities such as San Francisco and Chicago, we made the Treasurer’s office into an office that helps the citizens of St. Louis.

One way we did this was through the creation of the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) and its signature program, the College Kids Children’s Savings Account Program. We have helped thousands of residents learn to make better choices with their money, and 6,300 St. Louis public school children are now on the path to college.

While I don’t do this work for accolades, I admit it is nice to receive them! That’s why I am pleased to announce that we are being honored by Focus St. Louis with a What’s Right with the Region award for being innovative. You’ll find more details on the award in this newsletter.

I look forward to working with my team on finding more innovative ways to help grow both the OFE and College Kids and continue to make St. Louis a great place to live and work.

Thank you, and God Bless.

 


2017 ST. LOUIS METRO FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT AND JOB FAIR

The City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office of Financial Empowerment will participate in the annual St. Louis Metropolitan Financial Empowerment and Job Fair on Saturday, April 1 from 9am to 3pm at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.

Several banks, credit unions and non-profit agencies will provide important information about financial opportunities such as bank accounts, credit counseling, money management, savings, and investing. Area employers will be on hand as well, interviewing and hiring job candidates on the spot. (Read More)

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COLLEGE KIDS HONORED FOR INNOVATION

When Tishaura O. Jones was elected Treasurer in 2012, she took an office that did little for the community and turned it into an office full of programs that help better the lives of St. Louis residents. One of those programs is the College Kids Children’s Savings account program, which provides college savings accounts to all kindergarten students in St. Louis public schools.

We are pleased to announce that College Kids is a recipient of the 2017 What’s Right with the Region Award from Focus St. Louis. The award honors organizations, individuals and initiatives that help make the St. Louis region a better place to live. College Kids received the award in the Demonstrating Innovative Solutions category. We will be honored at a ceremony on May 11 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Click here for the press release on the award announcement.

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DONATIONS AND DEPOSITS HELP KIDS GET ONE STEP CLOSER TO COLLEGE    

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Our College Kids accounts keep growing! Last month, we raised $4,864 during the 1:1 Fund’s America Saves Week Fundraising Campaign. These donations will be used for the incentives and matches that College Kids earn by saving, attending school, and parent participation in financial literacy activities.

Dozens of College Kids and their families attended the recent Family Savings Night hosted by 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. A total of $1,254 was deposited into College Kids savings accounts. The next Family Savings Night is May 23.

Click here if you would like to make a donation to support College Kids.

 


BUDGETING FOR COUPLES

For couples, budgeting is often the last conversation that many have when combining households. Contrary to popular belief, talking with your significant other about budgeting can be the glue that holds the relationship together- when everything fits in place.

Recently, our partners at Enterprise Bank hosted a “Budgeting for Couples” class at the OFE. (Read More)

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OFE RESOURCES

The OFE provides financial education through weekly Lunch and Learns. Class topics include budgeting, saving for retirement and college, investing, student loan forgiveness programs and much more. If you cannot make a Lunch and Learn, you can view the class materials here.


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

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