Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Increasing Financial Capability among Economically Vulnerable Youth

March 18, 2013

The Make Your Path (MY Path) initiative provides disadvantaged youth with peer-led financial capability trainings, a savings account at a mainstream financial institution and incentives to set and meet savings goals. The program focuses on youth earning their first paycheck—a critical “teachable moment” to promote savings and connect youth with mainstream financial products. In 2011-12, Mission SF Community Financial Center (Mission SF) tested MY Path by delivering its suite of services to ten agencies participating in San Francisco’s largest youth employment program, the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP). Participants saved an average of $507 over a six-month period and youth demonstrated increases in financial knowledge, reports of positive financial behaviors, and confidence about making financial decisions and doing business with a mainstream financial institution.

Read more in “Increasing Financial Capability among Economically Vulnerable Youth: MY Path” (Working Paper 2013-03: March 2013).


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