FPP: Financial People Project

The Financial PEOPLE Project (FPP) is “Peers Empowering Others by Providing Leadership and Education.” FPP is an idea born out of the Skagit Asset Building Coalition. Spearheaded by the United Way of Skagit County, peer led financial education sessions are regularly held with groups of low to moderate income individuals and families.
For six consecutive weeks, staff from local banks and credit unions present FDIC Money Smart lessons to students. Participants learn about: Budgeting, Debt Reduction, Bank Services and Checking Accounts, Credit, Loans, and Saving for Retirement and Education.

Since 2017, fifteen peer leaders have been trained to guide students on how to access responsible financial services. One hundred fifty-seven students from Skagit Habitat for Humanity, Skagit/Island Head Start, Community Action of Skagit County, Goodwill Mount Vernon Job Training and Education Center, Mount Vernon School District, Young Lives, Skagit Valley College, Anacortes Family Center, Skagit Gleaners, and Help Me Grow Skagit have graduated and received a Skagit Asset Building Coalition certificate.

Organizations who have assisted with financial education instruction include: Bank of the Pacific, Banner Bank, BECU, Columbia Bank, Junior Achievement, Key Bank, North Coast Credit Union, Opus Bank, People’s Bank, Primerica, Skagit Bank, U.S. Bank, and WaFd.

Learn new skills to build a positive and sustainable quality of life.

Since 2017, 157 or 74% of participants and 15 peer leaders have graduated from the Skagit Financial PEOPLE Project.

Now – YOU have the chance to gain transferable skills.
Learn the two stages of an FPP Peer Leader.

Learn the two stages of an FPP Peer Leader.

Stage 1:

Volunteer Peer Leaders participate in 22 hours of preparation and training in the areas of public speaking, resource navigation, and group facilitation, while also learning basic financial concepts designed to strengthen and empower families and individuals.

Stage 2:

Peer Leaders teach free Group Sessions in the community. Group Session participants learn about key financial tools, receive introductions to responsible financial services, and practice skills in a supportive “no-judgement” environment. Students who finish 5 out of 6 Group Sessions receive a Skagit Asset Building Coalition Certificate.

View FPPs 2020-2021 Final Report