Youth Financial Foundations


Youth Financial Foundations

Are you working to save for a car, a degree, or your first apartment? Our Youth Financial Foundations class will teach young adult participants techniques and give them the mobile tools to reach their goals. You’ll learn to manage money, build emergency savings, create savings goals for big purchases, build and repair credit, and make smart decisions about taking on loans.

Registration requires an annual DevNW Membership.

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Map a path to your financial goals.

This four-part class explores:

Budget & Cash Flow Planning: Where does your money go? How can you include big, long-term goals in your budget? Learn tips and strategies to take charge of your money management.

Avoiding & Tackling Debt: Learn how to avoid debt, how to get out of debt, and how some debt can even be a good investment.

Goals & Savings: We all intend to save, but then life happens. How do you set savings goals and achieve them? We will talk about how to set up savings for emergencies and bigger purchases (such as college, rental deposits on homes, and cars).

Thinking Big for the Future: Learn about insurance and how to protect what you have. We’ll also go over how to start investing and make your money grow!

Credit: What is credit and how does it affect you? Learn how strengthening and repairing your credit will save you money. You’ll learn about easy ways to access your credit report and score, and how to start building your credit now!

The world of personal finance can be intimidating and confusing, but a crash course on the basics will boost your confidence. Our clients find this class to be fun and easy to follow. On top of everything that’s mentioned above, you’ll learn about community resources that can help you achieve your goals.

Is this class right for you? Yes, if you’re between the ages of 16 and 24 and working toward your first major financial goals.

Registration is required. No drop-ins, please.

If the $75 DevNW Membership fee is a barrier to you starting Youth Financial Foundations, contact Ross at 541.345.7106 x2060 or to ask about financial assistance.

Completion of the four sessions in Youth Financial Foundations meets the requirements for the IDA Matched Savings program, including for a car or education. If you are interested in opening an IDA, start with this class and check your initial eligibility here.

Youth Financial Foundations is currently offered for youth in Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Polk counties. Contact for more information about bringing Youth Financial Foundations to your school or group of youth.