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Libraries Act. Respond. Transform: The ART of Empowerment

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Columbus, OH


As a way to empower students pursuing careers in education, social justice, community service, and other fields with modest salary expectations, the library at the University of Dayton partnered with a local credit union to create a program to help students develop money management skills while still in college. Called "Becoming an Adult on a Shoestring Budget," the series stresses making the most of one's money by developing a workable budget, using credit responsibly, and building an excellent credit score. The in-person, interactive sessions include discussions and exercises that teach simple yet important personal finance concepts and promote the idea that individuals can establish sound financial foundations for their lives even when their paychecks are small. Having this knowledge may help students consider less lucrative yet potentially highly fulfilling professions.