@CFEfund July 2, 2018 tweet about their #SummerJobsConnect campaign to raise financial awareness and skills in today's youth
On August 16, 2018, 28 HIRE LA’s Youth were honored at the EWDD Main Conference Room for completing an eight-week internship as Peer Financial Coaches.

Two Peer Coaches were based at each of the City’s 14 YouthSource (YSC) Centers, where they provided financial literacy orientations and one-on-one coaching to more than 700 summer youth participants.

Training topics focused on banking, saving, and helping youth find affordable and safe financial products. This is the third year Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) funded the Peer Coach model in Los Angeles, and the first year all 28 Peer Financial Coaches were implemented across the YouthSource System. Last year, as part of a pilot program, the Peer Financial Coaches were based at the Boyle Heights Technology YSC and the Youth Opportunity Movement YSC in Watts.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry passed out certificates honoring each intern.

“Thank you for all your hard work this summer,” she said. “You made a much greater impact because they [youth participants] will listen to you.”

As part of the internship, each peer financial coach participated in CFE’s #SummerJobsConnect Twitter campaign. The interns also delivered final projects about what they learned this summer in creative forms, including skits, short films and poems.

Students voted for their favorite final project, choosing Peer Financial Coach Mary Cruz for a video she produced where she rapped about financial literacy. Congrats HIRE LA’s Youth CFE interns!

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 8/27/2018. Read this issue and more.