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September 2019 Updates

SEPTEMBER UPDATES

The team at Boston Builds Credit hopes everyone is as excited for the arrival of fall as we are. Read on below to catch up on our latest news, learn more about our partners, and find ways to connect with us. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email our Director, Allison Kroner, at akroner@supportunitedway.org.

RECENT EVENTS:

Financial Coaching Televent at WCBV

In partnership with a dozen of our nonprofit partners, Boston Builds Credit participated in a daylong televent on WCVB in June. As a part of WCVB's Project CommUNITY, the televent was designed to raise awareness of financial coaching services in the Boston area. Over 350 individuals had their questions answered by volunteer coaches that day. A big thank you goes out to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and WCVB for helping to spread awareness and to our volunteers from the City of Boston, JPNDC, JVS, IBA, the JFK Family Service Center, NOAH, ACCC, La Alianza Hispana, QCAP, The Neightborhood Developers, Victory Programs, LISC, and the United Way.As part of this televent, BBC and our partners participated in three television spots highlighting the basic rules of thumb for credit building, the racial wealth gap, and the importance of focusing on building credit early in life. Click to watch them below!
Video on Credit Basics | Video on The Racial Wealth Gap | Video on Credit Building with Youth

STRATEGIC LEARNING

New Research & Publications

BBC is committed to engaging in strategic learning at all levels of our work. As research and evaluations are published, we will share them with our community through this newsletter and on our website.

In our first year, we put strategic learning at the forefront in four major ways:

1. Process Evaluation & Progress Report with the Heller School The Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at the Heller School at Brandeis created a progress report for the initiative's first year and conducted a process evaluation of the first year of our place-based pilot in Roxbury. Thank you to Citi Community Development and Bank of America for the funding that made both these reports possible.

Read the Year One Progress Report | Read the Roxbury Process Evaluation

2. Leadership Team Lessons Brief To complement the work being done by IASP, the BBC leadership team conducted a Meaning Making sessions with our Evaluation & Learning Consultant, Keri-Nicole Dillman, PhD. The team focused in on two core dimensions of the team's work in this phase of the initiative: (1) governing and managing a collective impact initiative, and (2) strengthening the credit building ecosystem in Roxbury.

Read the Leadership Team Lessons Brief.

3. Planning Guide BBC worked with Credit Builders Alliance to create a planning guide for municipalities interested in starting initiatives like BBC. This guide shares lessons learned from the creation of BBC, covering the initiative design and launch phase, and provides instructions on how to design and launch a credit building initiative tailored to the needs of your community. Thank you to the Equifax Foundation for the generous support needed to bring this guide to life.

Read the Planning Guide.

4. Year One Convening Back in May, BBC held an event to reflect on the initiative's first year and its impact. Read more about this in our July Newsletter.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Workshops

Check out the BBC website for a list of upcoming workshops in September and October, including introduction to credit building and financial coaching workshops.

Financial Empowerment Learning Institute

The United Way's Financial Empowerment Learning Institute provides free trainings year round on a variety of financial empowerment topics. These trainings are open to staff members of local nonprofit organizations. To join the newsletter and hear about upcoming trainings, please click here. To register for the upcoming Introduction to Financial Coaching Training (October 2-4, and October 29), please click here. For any questions, please contact Director Yaala Muller.

NEWS:

Citi Community Development has been a partner in this work since the beginning. Read more about our partnership and work to support community credit building here.

OPEN POSITIONS:

Passionate about financial coaching for students? As part of an exciting new Community Credit Building Initiative with Boston Builds Credit, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) is searching for two people to become Credit Building Specialists at Bunker Hill Community College and Roxbury Community College. LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE. Want to ensure access to safe credit and banking products? As part of a collaboration between Bank On and Boston Builds Credit, the City of Boston is looking for a Bank On fellow to work with financial industry and community partners to increase access to safe banking and credit products. LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE. Lead Financial Coach Needed The Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment is looking for a lead financial coach to join their team. LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE.

BUILD WITH US:

  • Interested in building your credit score, or know someone who is? Click here to start today.

  • Are you a nonprofit looking to build capacity in your financial empowerment programs or provide referrals? Click here to partner with us.

  • Are you a donor searching for innovative solutions to fund? Click here to donate to Boston Builds Credit.

  • Are you an employer wanting to help your employees develop their credit? Click here to learn more about providing credit as a workplace benefit.

  • We love promoting our partners' services, upcoming events, and success stories. Email Allison if you would like to be featured on our website or have your successes and services highlighted in our newsletter!

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