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Archive for September, 2014

Help spread the word about “Yes I Can” to Oklahoma’s Foster Care Youth

Posted by debrulerinc on September 30, 2014

Yes I Can” is an “800” number that youth can call for assistance if they have been in foster care.  They are eligible if they aged out in another state as well.  DHS will confirm eligibility. [Youth who were in OKDHS or tribal custody, in out of home care on their 18th birthday, and are now between the ages of 18 and 21; and youth who have entered into an OKDHS approved guardianship or adoption after the age of 16.]

Assistance may include rental assistance, utility deposits, assistance with furniture and household goods, help with purchasing cars, etc.  They can also request education assistance (ETV is education and training voucher).  Up to $5,000 per youth is available for education and training.  They need to apply for Pell grant and OLAP.  DHS can pay for expenses not covered by these programs—generally their room and board.

For 16-18 year olds, Yes I Can pays for graduation expenses (pictures for example), computers, driving school, driver’s license and birth certificates, classes to work on remedial education, tutors, mentors, etc.

http://www.okil.ou.edu/yes-i-can

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Your Money Your Goals Train the Trainer Session Webinar

Posted by neocaablogger on September 24, 2014

October 9, 2014,  Noon to 4:00 CST or 1-5 pm EST

Across the country, public and private social services programs are working to integrate financial empowerment activities into a variety of social services programs. Case workers and other front line staff can better address these challenges with clients using a toolkit created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) titled Your Money Your Goals: A Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services Programs. The toolkit can be access online for free and downloaded at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/your-money-your-goals/.

Community Action Partnership’s is one of five organizations that has partnered with CFPB to roll out their national Your Money, Your Goals Toolkit (YMYG). The Partnership will trained more than 2,000 CAAs and State Associations professionals on the toolkit. Training participants will be able to take the toolkit and train other front line staff on financial empowerment principles, consumer protection issues and other skills building tools to help clients understand what financial empowerment and stability means which helps families remove barriers that causes conditions to poverty.
The training is open and available to everyone in the Network!  This 4-hour Train the Trainer session is an exciting opportunity to enhance one’s training portfolio.
Please click here to register for the October 9th  webinar training.

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