Girls/Boyz First (GBF) Mentoring is an established program serving central Vermont community youth, ages 8 to 18, in Montpelier and the WCSU school district towns of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester. The program offers local youth the companionship of a positive adult role model, enrichment through extra-curricular and cultural activities, academic and career guidance, and encouragement and overall emotional support as they develop into teens and young adults. In 2016, the program’s mentees’ high school graduation rate was 100%, with many mentees going on to become the first in their family to head to college.
Knowing how to budget and manage money are necessary skills to build and maintain secure lifestyles. VSECU works to make tools and resources available that create the opportunity to raise the financial literacy for more Vermonters. These stories show how VSECU is getting involved:
Julia Pipeling, a math teacher at the West Rutland School, was just formulating a vision for a financial literacy program when she brought a group of students to our Rutland branch for a presentation during Financial Literacy Month. She was impressed by the talk and was inspired to request financial support for a curriculum that would be used to launch financial literacy classes in the school.
VSECU has provided a $1,500 grant to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) in support of free basic education and literacy services for adult residents in Washington, Orange and Lamoille Counties. VSECU’s grant supports CVABE’s Functional Literacy Program, helping an average of 210 neighbors annually to gain literacy skills needed for employment or to function more successfully in life.
High School Sophomores from Rutland area schools met at a career summit, organized by the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board and sponsored in part by VSECU, to learn about critical issues surrounding financial literacy and to attend panel sessions where they explored their career interests and gained information directly from members of the business community. VSECU volunteers were included in the over 68 industry volunteers from across 26 career pathways who shared their knowledge and life experience with the teenagers. Read More