Consumer Financial Education Program

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The Georgia Consumer Financial Education Project is a statewide initiative to educate and empower Georgia consumers to successfully manage basic retail bank accounts. Through a series of “train-the-trainer” workshops across the state, Georgia Watch will provide participants with the tools and resources they need to educate vulnerable, under-banked populations in their communities. By working with partners across the state, we aim to reach thousands of Georgia consumers with information on how to maintain a bank account, manage personal finances, and avoid costly overdraft fees.

Do you work or volunteer for a nonprofit, social service agency, library, faith-based group, or community organization? Might your clients, patrons or community members benefit from learning this curriculum? Please consider joining this initiative to receive training on how to help your community members gain financial literacy and personal finance skills.

Interested individuals are invited to attend free financial literacy “train-the-trainer” workshops  in May and June of 2017. Below are dates and times for the trainings.  Please RSVP at the links provided.

  • Southwest Atlanta
    • The Southwest Atlanta train-the-trainer on 5/17 was a big success. Thank you Southwest Atlanta partners!
  •  Gainesville
    • The Gainesville train-the-trainer on 5/18 was a big success. Thank you, Gainesville partners!
  •  Macon
    • The Macon train-the-trainer on 5/22 was a big success. Thank you, Macon partners!
  •  Rome
    • The Rome train-the-trainer on 5/23 was a big success. Thank you, Rome partners!
  •  Brunswick
    • The Brunswick train-the-trainer on 5/25 was a big success. Thank you Brunswick partners!
  • Albany
    • The Albany train-the-trainer on 6/1 was a big success. Thank you Albany partners!
  •  Smyrna
    • Unfortunately, the Smyrna train-the-trainer workshop is full. If you are still interested in our financial literacy curriculum or in our other workshops, please email tcason@georgiawatch.org for more information or visit this link to find out more about the workshops we offer. Thank you!

Participants who successfully complete the training will be asked to conduct six workshops over an 18-month period in their communities. Georgia Watch will keep in touch with our trained participants over the next year and a half to build a body of knowledge on managing finances, maintaining bank accounts, and avoiding predatory high-cost financial products. We will provide presentation materials, resources and support to volunteers to help them make their community workshops a great success.

For more information on the program or questions,  please call Trey Cason at (404) 525-1085 or email tcason@georgiawatch.org.

  • There is no cost to receive this training or join this initiative.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Travel costs can be compensated up to $50 (with receipt).
  • Participants will receive in-depth training, materials, and support to organize workshops for their agency/nonprofit/organization.
  • Agencies/nonprofits/organizations in rural areas of Georgia, those that serve minority populations, refugee communities, and those who speak English as a second language are especially encouraged to participate.

Georgia is currently the third least-banked state in the United States with many of our residents utilizing expensive alternative financial services (check cashing, money orders, prepaid cards, title lending, etc.) rather than or in addition to traditional banking services. As part of this two-year, statewide education program to empower low income consumers to successfully manage basic bank accounts, we are including Southwest Atlanta as a particular focus area. We will coordinate with existing service providers in the Atlanta area and create a financial education calendar of classes for the community. Through this highly focused project area, we will be able to closely monitor and report on the effectiveness of the outreach and education strategies and tools used to meaningfully engage consumers in making lasting behavior change.

Georgia Watch is grateful for the financial support from the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and the Annie E. Casey Foundation that made this important work on behalf of Georgia consumers possible.

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