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The Working Families Success (WFS) model provides a framework for nonprofits to deliver key services and financial support to low-income families using an integrated approach of services specifically designed to make it easier for families to obtain critically needed support.
WFS is built on the concept that nonprofits offering integrated services in an intentional and thoughtful way helps clients overcome barriers and advance economically.
Research shows that organizations whose services are intentionally integrated around three core elements — employment, income support and financial coaching — make the most difference in the financial stability and mobility of individuals. Consistent one-on-one coaching is provided as an integral component of service delivery and is used to help clients set goals, develop plans and change behavior over time. Agencies develop strong, long-term relationships with clients versus the traditional one-time, transactional client experience.
Nonprofit agencies that provide workforce/employment services across DFW come together to learn best practices (such as employer engagement and data tracking) to improve employment outcomes.
In addition to training together, more than 20 agencies also participated in a benchmarking survey to compare their workforce/employment data against national peers. This data has been beneficial, as it provides insight into local agencies’ current strengths as well as opportunities for improvement.
KERA’s One Crisis Away is a nationally recognized multiplatform media series that puts a human face on asset poverty and the financial struggles of North Texans by highlighting the lives of real people.
Since the launch of One Crisis Away in 2014, KERA has received multiple awards, including the station’s first national Edward R. Murrow Award recognizing outstanding work produced by radio, television and digital news organization. Additionally, KERA received the first-ever Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a national award that aims to promote coverage of consumer personnel finance. KERA continues to expand on the stories and content through continued engagement with community partners.
Unlike financial literacy, financial capability programs — when done well — can help people change financial behaviors, work toward financial goals and truly improve their financial well-being.
Successful coaches help working poor families move from surviving to thriving as an integral component of their success. Launched in July 2018, the WiNGS Coaching Institute is designed to support a growing field of practice that facilitates greater financial capability and economic success by providing robust training and support for coaches. Through classroom training, coaching huddles and learning labs, participants have an opportunity to receive up to 61 hours of training and education per year. Additionally, the Coaching Institute offers ongoing learning and continuing education year-round.
Kids who grow up with even a small college savings amount are 3 times more likely to go to college and 4 times more likely to graduate.
Dollars for College is a children’s savings account (CSA) program that is designed to provide low income families with a safe, easy to access, trusted, and low-cost opportunity to build savings for their child’s future post-secondary education, developed in a partnership between Communities Foundation of Texas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. The goal for Dollars for College is to ensure that every student can achieve their dreams beyond high school, which is best realized through completing post-secondary education.
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