Womens Resource of Greater Houston Overview
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Programs: Founded in 1990, The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston accomplishes our mission by recruiting volunteer instructors to teach free personal finance classes; providing leadership and life skills education to at-risk 9th and 10th grade girls through Project LEAD (Leadership Education and Development); and sponsoring research on issues critical to women, girls and families.
The Women's Resource annually teaches free financial education classes to over 4,500 low income and financially illiterate Houstonians in more than 40 zip codes. Using the acclaimed FDIC Money Smart™ and Department of Labor Wi$e Up™ curricula, we help those outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills, create positive banking relationships, build financial knowledge and confidence, and use banking services effectively. Each class participant receives a take home workbook that includes all material discussed in class, other tools they can use once they are home, and a directory of community resources. To date, we have taught over 18.000 Houstonians.
Project LEAD targets at risk 9th and 10th grade girls and annually reaches 200 girls. LEAD proactively counters the high dropout rate, helps girls avoid financial pitfalls, and teaches leadership and life skills and basic financial principles. Now in its seventh year, Project LEAD is offered free of charge and is currently held at César Chávez, Challenge Early College, George I. Sanchez Charter, Lamar, Sam Houston Ninth Grade College Prep, Washington, and Westside High School as well as DePelchin Children’s Center.
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