The only thing more fun than achieving a goal is celebrating the achievement. Extension's Family Resiliency team is a national partner in the delivery of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Your Money, Your Goals (YMYG) financial empowerment toolkit. As a team, we made the commitment to train 250 direct service providers across the state between November 2014 and May 2015. I am proud to report that to date, we have trained 486 direct service providers!
The success of exceeding our goal lies with the relationships we built with community partners across the state, both before and during this commitment. These relationships were critical in so many ways — helping to promote and market our YMYG workshops, connecting us to new audiences across the state that would benefit from them, and providing space for training. Our participation in several statewide and local coalitions and networks gave us the opportunity to collaborate with existing partners on this effort and meet new partners along the way — another example of how fostering coalitions and networks can result in greater impact!
For more information about YMYG, see Your Money, Your Goals. For more about the national rollout, see Minnesota named national rollout partner in Your Money, Your Goals toolkit. For more on how fostering networks and coalitions fits into the Spectrum of Prevention, a framework for addressing major public health issues, see SNAP-Ed: Our Expanded Focus.