Today our fifth cohort of Financial Coaching Fellows completed our 3-day training institute. The seven Fellows learned about banking, budgeting, credit, debt, goal setting, savings and taxes--a lot of material to cover! Our Head Financial Coach, Cameron (top right of the photo), did an amazing job running the training. We are excited to have such a great group of Fellows--they come from Bryant University, Providence College and Brown University, and are extremely motivated, passionate and eager to serve the community. For the next three weeks Cameron will be working with them one-on-one--and they will also be practicing coaching with each other--before they beging providing coaching to clients.
When we started our Financial Coaching Program in 2011 and decided to use university students to serve as coaches, many people doubted the feasibility of the model. Now, two years and over 60 student coaches later, we have demonstrated that, when properly trained and well managed, students can deliver a life-changing service to the community. During the coming months these Fellows will be serving dozens of clients and demonstrating what's possible when passion is married to strategy and diligence.