The Financial PEOPLE Project (FPP) is “Peers Empowering Others by Providing Leadership and Education.” FPP was 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. Peer Leaders and group session participants learn about: Budgeting and Debt Reduction, Loans, Saving for Retirement and Education, Credit Scores and Credit Repair, Bank Services and Checking Accounts.
Since 2017, ten peer leaders have been trained to guide students on how to access responsible financial services. Thirty-seven students from Community Action of Skagit County, Goodwill Mount Vernon Job Training and Education Center, Skagit/Island Head Start, Skagit Habitat for Humanity, and Young Lives have graduated and received a Skagit Asset Building Coalition certificate.
Organizations who assist with financial education instruction incude: North Coast Credit Union, Skagit Bank, Washington Federal, U.S. Bank, Opus Bank, Banner Bank, Northwest Agricultural Business Center, Key Bank and Bank of the Pacific.
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Since 2017, 106 or 72% of participants and 15 peer leaders have graduated from the Skagit Financial PEOPLE Project
Now – YOU have the chance to gain useable skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, as well as financial stability.