Financial Literacy at A-State
The Delta Region of Arkansas along with the Missouri boot hill have median income levels that are 60-70% of the median level in the United States. Multiple counties in this region are classified as “Persistent Poverty Counties” – counties who have had poverty rates exceeding 20% for each census since 1990. The people who live in these communities are our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and many of our students. At A-State, we are taking on the challenge to break this system of poverty by educating future leaders into how to make smart financial decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.
One of the goals of the Scarlet to Black (S2B) Program is to empower our students so that they can take control of their own personal finances. Whether they need to speak to fellow students in a one on one setting to learn where to begin or need detailed information on a specific financial topic being discussed in a workshop, the S2B Program will be there to lead the way.
The S2B Program strives to provide educational materials that are relevant to A-State students, as well as to their family members. Immediate family members of students are always invited to attend the workshops throughout the year. Additionally, the S2B Program has a series of videos that explain important financial topics to young children through high school students so that smart financial decision-making can start at an early age.
Helping our Community
Our community can’t improve unless people will step up to assist in that improvement. The S2B Program stands ready to help communities improve in terms of financial literacy. The staff presents to school groups from 3rd grade through community college, religious and civic organizations, or any group who just wants to focus on making smarter financial decisions.
The challenge facing the region is a daunting task, but A-State and the Scarlet to Black Program is ready to meet it head-on.
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