Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. (AAFE) has been selected as one of 10 sites across the country to host an innovative financial coaching program developed by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, in partnership with Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions.
The Financial Opportunity Corps will utilize trained AmeriCorps VISTA members to work with organizations like AAFE to provide financial coaching to low- and moderate-income families in the communities they serve. Financial Opportunity Corps members will train community-based volunteers – including employees at local Bank of America branches – to be “financial coaches.” Through one-on-one or small group coaching sessions, Financial Opportunity Corps volunteers will help community members develop strategies to reduce debt, improve credit, start saving for emergencies, access benefits and build assets for long-term financial health.
Meet our new VISTAs:
- Dan Ping graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She has lived in the Lower East Side and Chinatown areas all her life, so she is excited to be returning to her community and serving as an Americorps VISTA Financial Opportunity Corps member. Previously, she coordinated a youth leadership program for Chinatown Youth Initiatives and continues to be involved with the organization. She is interested in urbanization and public housing policy and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in those areas.
- After graduating in May 2012 from Widener University with a B.S. in International Business and Marketing Management, Nathalie knew she wanted to enter the world of non-profits and serve for a cause greater than herself. Having previously served in Greater Philadelphia as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, she is eager to begin another year of service as a VISTA member. This year Nathalie looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of the communities in which she will work, as well as recruiting volunteers to provide financial literacy workshops to high school students and their families.