GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team
230 eighth-grade girls from Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury are being given the tools to be more confident with their money, learn how to use credit wisely, and gain a better understanding of a household budget at the 9th annual Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment Conference, Dollar $cholars, this week.
The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts, in partnership with many local companies such as Hanover Insurance Foundation, Bank of America, and the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation is presenting three conferences at the Hagan Campus Center Hall at Assumption College.
The conference, which started yesterday and runs through tomorrow, is pairing Shrewsbury’s 8th grade girls with more than 100 area professional women who have agreed to volunteer as “Money Mentors” for the day. Many of the women have agreed to lend their time because they fully understand the current economic challenges and see the need in their own lives for financial skills.
The mission of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is to promote women’s leadership and philanthropy and to create positive change for women and children. The Women’s Initiative is a volunteer-based women’s group whose vision is build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, safe adolescent girls. Raising funds for its work through an annual campaign, the Women’s Initiative puts more money into programs that improve and empower the lives of girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health.