Financial Literacy - Pathways to Financial Success
Financial literacy is the education and understanding of knowing how money is made, spent, and saved, as well as the skills and ability to use financial resources to make smart financial decisions.Facilitated by certified and licensed CPA’s, financial advisors, and real estate agents and investors, this 8-week course teaches budgeting, credit, debt, savings and checking accounts, different investment tools, along with the fundamentals of real estate and business structures. Its purpose is to inspire a mind-shift when it comes to finances - to change participants’ relationship with their money in which they no longer conceive it as something to work for, but as a tool to work for them.
Civic Empowerment - The A.C.T.I.O.N Plan
The A.C.T.I.O.N Plan represents Addressing Concerns & TakingInitiative in Our Neighborhoods. This program focuses on civic empowerment with the aim to educate community members – primarily the youth – on how to use their democratic voices and to inspire them to impact positive change in their communities. This 8-week program teaches the role of all three branches of government with an emphasis on local government. The ACTION Plan provides the information on how to hold those in office accountable for the safety, security, and health of the community. Each seminar invites an elected-official to illustrate a day on the job and their role in office. A two-week project is be conducted by the participants after the 8-week workshop. Participants - divided in groups – work to address a real or an imagined issue by utilizing the resources taught in the program.
Women's Leadership Initiative
Women's Leadership Initiative is a women-led mentorship, inclusive program geared toward assisting young girls from ages 14 to 21 on their passage to adulthood. This initiative is led by women who are successful in their respective industries – from real estate, business, finance, politics, education to nursing. Each mentor works to encourage participation and shares information with those she leads. The aim of the initiative is to create a space of empowerment to strengthen the mentees’ sense of self by educating, supporting, and inspiring them on their individual journeys. The secondary aim is to form a solid, ever-growing sisterhood that functions as a haven of resources and services for young women who feel seemingly alone.
The Streets Give Back Program
The Streets Give Back Program is our effort to extend support to the formerly incarcerated in the Lower Hudson Valley. It provides returning citizens who lack direct support and access to resources with brand new apparel donated by Yonkers-based fashion brands like:
Reentry Mentors are a team of formerly incarcerated individuals who have similar lived experiences as the mentees they aim to connect with. Reentry Mentors may share with mentees information about his or her own career path, as well as guidance, motivation, and emotional support throughout the reentry process. They also help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. These mentors also facilitate the following workshops for system-impacted individuals:
Digital Education with S.T.E.M Alliance
In partnership with the S.T.E.M Alliance we are hosting a 15-hour tech lab course. Tech lab is an education component of Digital Equity Now, a STEM Alliance Initiative. During the course you develop branding strategies to tell your life story, learn to stand out in college and job applications, gain entrepreneurial tech skills in accounting, web design and communications and discover ways to promote the causes you believe in. We work on programs like Google Suite, LinkedIn, Social Media Platforms and Canva. After completion, you receive a new chromebook and a hot spot with up to 12-months of unlimited wifi!