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FD Family Resiliency Team wins financial community educator award

By Mary Jo Katras, program leader in family resiliency

The Family Resiliency Team with the Extension Center for Family Development was recently recognized for its sustained commitment and contribution to financial education in Minnesota communities. The team received the 2017 Thrivent Financial Community Educator Award for its Community Mentorship for Financial Capability Program. The award was given at EconFest on Nov. 2 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. EconFest is an annual celebration of teachers, students, and communities sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Economic Education.

The community mentorship program began in 2005 to build and strengthen financial education programming in communities across Minnesota. The program uses a “train-the-trainer” model that teams Extension educators, who are experienced financial capability educators, with community-based agencies in their regions.

The educators serve as mentors to community organizations to help them develop content expertise and skills in educational program delivery in financial capability. Educators also help build organizational capacity around financial capability programming to better meet audiences’ needs. Extension educators help plan, market, deliver, and evaluate the agencies’ community workshops.

Since 2005, the community mentorship program has served more than 2,800 low-income clients and trained more than 250 community professionals from 113 agencies throughout Minnesota.

Family Resiliency Team members who have been instrumental in making the community mentorship program a success for the past 12 years are Antonio Alba Meraz, Sara Croymans, Jennifer Garbow, Becky Hagen Jokela, Lori Hendrickson, Mary Jo Katras, Jose Lamas, Francisca Mendoza, Trish Olson, Sharon Powell, and Shawna Thompson.

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