There is…“ nothing in this world that I like more than checks,” declares Cardi B in her infinite wisdom. While we would include health and safety to this list, all of us at Women’s Foundation California recognize money – having it, sharing it, saving it, spending it – is a powerful tool for advancing our feminist future.
Which is why we are proud to announce that thanks to a generous in-kind grant from AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling & Planning) we are offering ten Black, indigenous, and POC women and gender expansive folks the opportunity to become accredited financial counselors.
We also know money is political and personal. In a state with beaucoup bucks and beaucoup economic inequality, we must remake our economic policies and practices in California to build a more equitable, inclusive, and just economy. Growing the personal financial savvy and economic literacy of women of color and low income folks is core and essential to shifting those dynamics.
This first cohort of future financial badasses is getting us one step closer to closing the gender and racial wealth gap. These powerhouse individuals include counselors working at domestic violence shelters, community leaders, and organizers tracking the impact of student loan debt on women of color. This group will have access to the full suite of resources to prepare them to sit for the Accredited Financial Counselor exams later this year.
Here are the recipients of this years financial counseling certification opportunity:
- Alyssa Young – California Black Women’s Health Project
- Babe Kawaii-Bogue – Richmond Area Multi-Services
- Demi Dominguez – Human Options
- Frances Saunders – California Black Women’s Health Project
- Jackie Clark – San Diego Maternal, Child & Family Health Services + Climate Ambassador, I Am Green
- Malia Hayes – Human Options
- Mazuri Colley – Women’s Foundation California
- Nina Lopez – Women’s Foundation California
- Sunhee Kim – Korean American Family Services
- TaVia Iles – TaVia W. Iles Communications + Project Joy board member
For the last year and half, we’ve been running a series of financial education workshops with Saundra Davis and her team at Sage Financial Solutions as part of our California Women Rising series. Focusing on “Making Your Money Work for You” and the “Fundamental of Financial Literacy” these super popular workshops generated a call from our community for more and deeper financial education.
If you are interested in upping your financial savvy, check out our free upcoming workshops.