This has been a very busy year. Dealing with my day-to-day tasks at LTU and JVS coupled with applying for law school and coaching a local wrestling team has kept my schedule very full. However busy the year has been, I have enjoyed it.
In April, I hosted two MoneySmart Week events where I was able to promote financial literacy while giving out prizes that had been donated by Lawrence Tech.
One event was titled GeoCache for College Cash. Students were able to enter a state-wide competition in which they answered financial literacy questions for a chance at scholarship money. Although no LTU student won the scholarship money, I received positive feedback from participants. The other MoneySmart Week event was a discussion on student loan debt management and different strategies that a student can use to pay off financial debt.
While serving at JVS, I have been working to build capacity by building a new filing and documentation system so that client files that have been closed can be easily located and reopened. Similarly, I have been working recently on establishing a new three-part client survey system where all clients will receive a pre-service assessment, a post-assessment, and a 6 month-1 year assessment to measure client awareness and understanding of financial topics. Additionally, these surveys will track all outcomes of clients. In other words, this new system will be able to prove the impact that JVS has on the tri-county area so that they can receive grant funding as standards change.
I hope everyone finishes their year of service strong!
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