The Master Financial Education Volunteer program focuses on helping families build their financial capacity through classes on topics such as managing money, planning for home ownership, getting out of debit, retirement planning, and preventing identity theft. The program also provides one-on-one mentoring.
Master Financial Education Volunteers receive a minimum of 20 hours of classroom instruction and, in return, commit to contribute an additional 40 hours of service to the in the 12 months following the training.
Volunteer educators partner with local Extension Agents to provide individual counseling sessions; assist at Reality Store, Kids Marketplace, and poverty simulations; teach money management workshops to youth; and lead adult financial management classes.
Training to become a Master Financial Educator Volunteer consists of a minimum of 20 hours of classroom instruction on financial management. It may occur over several weeks, for example in seven three-hour sessions. Topics covered in the training sessions include:
Volunteers are made aware of the availability of other community resources. For some volunteers, the information presented in parts of the training will be information that is well known to them and it should be considered as a refresher. It is important that we be able to document that all of our volunteers have been trained in the appropriate subject matter.
Volunteers will be given the opportunity to practice their new skills during training so that they become adept at helping people create a plan of action by educating them about their choices.
To educate clients on how to create a plan of action, you help the client:
Upon completion of this training, volunteers have one year to give back the 40 hours of volunteer service. Failure to complete this obligation means that the individual does not receive the title of Master Financial Education Volunteer. When a person ceases active volunteering with Extension he or she also relinquishes the title of Master Financial Education Volunteer.
A list of volunteer possibilities:
For more information, please contact your local Extension office or the contacts listed on this page.