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York County Youth Financial Education Fund

Congratulations to our Mini-Grant Recipients!

Biddeford Middle School,
this grant will support an Enterprise City experience for 7th graders during the 2014-2015 school year. 

Girl Scouts of Maine, this grant will support the training of 100 York County volunteer leaders as part of thier "Sharing the Wealth: Leading Girls to Financial Literacy" work in the Fall of 2014-Spring 2015.
 


Junior Achievement of Maine, this grant will support "JA Economics for Success" for 6th graders at Saco Middle School during the 2014-2015 school year. 

York High School, this grant will support the purchase of 21 QuickBooks computer programs and accounts to be used during the 2014-2015 school year as part of the high school's "Living on York Own" financial literacy class and Personal Finance course for juniors and seniors. 


 


Previous Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Saco Middle School, recipient of a Mini-Grant from the York County Youth Financial Education Fund! This grant will support a trip to Enterprise City in Dover, New Hampshire for the 6th graders in May 

2014. The trip will be the culmination of a 10-week curriculum that covers many important areas of financial education.

Pictured (l-r) are Barb Wentworth, President and CEO, United Way of York County; Cristy Beaupre, 6th Grade Math Teacher, Saco Middle School

 

 

Congratulations to Junior Achievement of Maine, recipient of a Mini-Grant from the York County Youth Financial Education Fund! This grant will supportfinancial education sessions this fall at Sanford Junior High School.

Pictured (l-r) are Barb Wentworth, Interim President and CEO, United Way of York County; Mike Stone, President, Junior Achievement of Maine; Roger Guerin, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Sanford Institution for Savings and a Fund Advisor; and Anders Larson, Head of the Social Studies.

 

Congratulations to Parent Resource Center, recipient of a Mini-Grant from the York County Youth Financial Education Fund! This grant will support the organization's 'Teaching about Assets' program. Parent Resource Center received a mini-grant as part of the spring 2013 round of proposals.

Pictured in photo at right: Pam Belisle, Executive Director of Parent Resource Center and Barb Wentworth, UWYC Director of Community Impact


Overview of the Fund:

In 2009, a group of educators, financial planners, social service providers and community volunteers formed the York County Youth Financial Education Network. The Network envisioned that "all York County youth ages 12-18 have access to high quality financial literacy education in a setting that is supportive, positive, and lasting, and that has consistent standards by which to measure quality." Through research of existing programs, review of curriculums and standards, and hosting of focus groups with youth in York County, the Network decided to focus on multiple solutions to help youth gain the financial education that they need.

In our ongoing effort to ensure that quality financial education is available to the youth of York County, the York County Youth Financial Education Fund was created  in 2012. Donors included Sanford Institution for Savings, United Way of York County, Unum, Kennebunk Savings, Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution and a private individual. United Way of York County is serving as the fiscal agent for the Fund.

Each year, the Fund offers mini-grants to schools and organizations to support their efforts to provide quality financial education to children and youth. The next opportunity for mini-grants comes up in March 2014! 

Advisors for the York County Youth Financial Education Fund include:

  • Paula Abromson, Adult Education of the Kennebunks
  • Roger Guerin, Sanford Institution for Savings
  • David Jagger, Jagger Brothers
  • Chris Magnuson, Wasco
  • Barb Wentworth, United Way of York County
  • Paul Wolf, Kennebunk Investment Services

Staff and Information Contact: Barb Wentworth, United Way of York County

"Financial illiteracy is passed to the next generation. We need to break this cycle and hands on education is the answer!"

-Why Financial Literacy Matters: Financial Aid 101, Finance Authority of Maine