WHAT WE DO:
The Coalition for Debtor Education (CDE) provides quality personal financial education to vulnerable populations throughout New York City.
We have a unique approach to money management classes: attention-grabbing, dynamic presentations, grounded in a real-world understanding of the audience’s circumstances, of the emotional aspects of financial decisions and of appropriate pedagogical methods. Our “Train the Trainer” workshops, another integral component of our outreach, allow us to share these methods to volunteers willing to spread our message of financial soundness.
The Coalition is a nonprofit based in Fordham Law School’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. We partner with schools, churches, government entities and other nonprofits to reach our audience of teens, working-age adults and senior citizens. We are able to reach approximately 2,500 people a year by leveraging a corps of trained volunteers, many with backgrounds in financial services.
WHAT WE OFFER:
The Coalition develops our own comprehensive, tested financial literacy curriculum; we adapt the material depending on audience and purpose.
We present classes and workshops directly to consumers. Some examples:
NYC Summer Youth Employment Program
Non-traditional Employment for Women
Brooklyn Public Library
NYC Parks Department POP Program
Train the Trainer Workshops: Our volunteers attend up to eight hours of training to learn how to present the material in an engaging and effective manner. The Coalition offers workshops to the staff of non-profits and to employees of banks or other financial services companies who encourage their employees to volunteer.
Research on Financial Literacy: The Coalition has conducted empirical studies of the efficacy of financial education classes, participated in academic research on the effects of emotion on disclosure regulation, and is currently involved in a comparative study of credit counseling initiatives.
WHAT IS NEW:
Helping teens and young adults! We are especially focused on helping teens and young adults learn how to manage their money as they earn their first paycheck and prepare to attend college or enter the work-force full-time. Many schools and organizations have invited the Coalition to present financial ed workshops using a game show format that entertains as well as educates—the result is a classroom full of students buzzing about credit cards, budgeting, and the wisdom of borrowing.
WHAT WE NEED:
We would like to begin working with active duty military personnel and veterans. There are unique financial issues facing the men and women who serve our country; we would like to offer our help. We’d like an introduction or referral to any person or group who can arrange for the Coalition to expand its services to offer classes or online information to those in the military.
We always need knowledgeable, energetic volunteers to teach financial literacy classes. To teach, contact us using the info below.
And we welcome partnerships. Whether you are an organization in NYC or elsewhere in the country, there is strength in numbers and we can help each other.
Fordham University School of Law
Coalition for Debtor Coalition
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy