After three successful rounds of offering its Money School course to low-income female survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, The American Institute for Economic Research is ready to help other organizations offer their own sessions of Money School.
AIER’s first Train-the-Trainers event will be held on July 30 at its Great Barrington headquarters..
Money School is a five-week financial education and economic security program developed by AIER in collaboration with Elizabeth Freeman Center, an agency serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Western Massachusetts.
AIER will host the July 30 training for agencies and organizations interested in learning about why Money School is important, what the curriculum includes, and how to implement it in their communities. All attendees will receive free Money School materials.
The training will introduce the basic content of the five-week workshop series, including setting financial goals, prioritizing debt and repairing credit, saving for the future, tracking income and expenses, and basic budgeting.
It will focus also on the logistical elements of implementing Money School, such as how to evaluate the program and how to recruit guest speakers and financial coaches so that Money School participants will have access to social support and resources after the workshops are finished.
Finally, it will include a discussion of other important issues when implementing Money School, such as sensitivity, communication, and creating a safe environment.
Money School is funded in part by a Kip Tiernan Fellowship from Rosie’s Place, Boston, Mass., founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States.