Boosting the Power of Youth Paychecks: Integrating Financial Capability into Youth Employment Programs


Vernon Loke, Eastern Washington University; Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Lauren Larin, MyPath; and Margaret Libby, MyPath

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May 9, 2016

This paper summarizes the results of the first-ever quasi-experimental design study of a youth financial capability initiative seamlessly integrated into a youth workforce development program. MyPath Savings supports low-income working youth to bank, save, and build their financial confidence through a comprehensive model that includes financial education, goal-setting, and non-custodial accounts. MyPath provided technical assistance and training to prepare nonprofits to implement MyPath Savings, as well as to the financial institution partner, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, to ensure the accounts youth received were aligned with MyPath’s Youth Banking Standards. The study included 375 low-income young people ages 16-21 years old participating in youth workforce and employment programs operated by ten nonprofits in partnership with San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and their Families.