Financial Literacy Independence Program
FLIP (Financial Literacy Independence Program) is a comprehensive series of workshops that focus on teaching girls from underserved areas the fundamentals of economic self-sufficiency. FLIP helps them understand how the decisions they make as young students have direct effect on their futures. They need expanded information and knowledge about the relationship among educational attainment, career opportunities and choices, and life-long economic security.
We utilize the Self-Sufficiency Standard to teach the young women what the actual cost of living in New York City is and what it entails to become economically self-sufficient adult woman. They need the same knowledge their mainstream sisters receive about the relationship of education to career opportunities, life choices, and life-long economic security. FLIP opens a path to vulnerable young women that leads them to constructive action steps to achieve economic security. Unlike many Financial Literacy Program that only focus on saving money and banking, we utilize the Self-Sufficiency Standard to teach the young women what the actual cost of living in New York City is and what it entails to become economically self-sufficient adult woman. We believe that giving young women the bigger picture and understanding of why they should stay in school is most effective.
FLIP (Financial Literacy Independence Program) is available as single workshops or 4 separate workshops covering the following topics
1) Cost of Living and Working in NYC
- Self-Sufficiency Standard and Calculator: Using the Women’s Center’s research, Standard, and Calculator to see real world costs and what it takes to be self-sufficient.
- Reality Check: We discuss what income young people can expect to make as an adult based on education, race and gender. This discussion is to give students an understanding of why and how they are now in a position to decide that going to college is their best path to earning a self-sufficiency wage.
2) The Value of an Education
- Careers, Salaries and Education: Real world examples of jobs and what they pay, and how you get those jobs.
- How much these jobs pay and what kind of an education you need to get them.
- How do these salaries compare to the Self-Sufficiency Standard?
3) High School As A Pathway to College
- Why a successful high school education and experience are essential to getting on the path to a self-sufficiency wage as an adult.
- How to Find the College that is Best for You based on your academic performance and financial needs.
4) Paying For College
- Paying for College: We go through the nuts and bolts of early planning paying for college and the importance of finding legitimate financial aid and scholarships.
- sHow to apply for financial aid, scholarships, work study and more.
"I thought it was going to be drawn out and boring but you guys had great info and got to the point. Good job!" - Liz 10th Grade
"Thank you so much! You'll help me think more wisely"- Brenda 12th Grade
"I learned how much it costs to be a single parent." -Evian 6th Grade
For more information and to schedule workshops, call or email Melissa Berube, Projects Coordinator: or call 212-964-8934 ext. 204