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Mind Treasures

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Financial Counseling, Human Services

Mission: Raising an Entrephilanthropic Generation through Financial Literacy & Character Development

Results: Over 4,200 participants have completed Mind Treasures' character-based curriculum (ABCs of Wealth) as enrichment programs at elementary, middle, and high schools as well as faith-based and community centers.

Target demographics: Communities where many hidden potentials, capabilities, and talents in children, youth, adults, and families are awaiting to discovered and developed. Our current Focus Area includes the City Heights and Diamond Neighborhoods in the city of San Diego, California.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 650 students in 4 elementary schools

Geographic areas served: San Diego County

Programs: Financial Literacy workshop for all ages with emphasis on children and youth.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first went to a class at Porter Elementary. I was impressed and vowed to support this effort that teaches how to save money and make good choices. Then a few years later I attended a class at Lincoln High School...I was amazed at how Alez would adapt the information for those going off to college. The work is needed....and the curriculum is amazing!

Helen42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is an amazing non-profit organization that really teaches children and adults of financial responsibility...they do a great job speaking in simple terms that everyone can understand and put into action.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really appreciated the fact that this training was offered to our staff. We can all use the information that Alex had presented to us. I enjoyed this sort of setting, it helped the attendee's relax and be themselves. It shows how many personal treasures we all have inside of us. Sometimes people don't want to ask for help and this lets one another know we can all help one another. Alex had given us a few treasures as the box chest we used during our sessions, I will also use this at work, it will help me save and only use as needed, not because the money is there. I will help the grandkids with having them save and not go buy candy every chance they get. I look forward to teaching them how to be responsible and thankful for every thing we get.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The presentation made me think long and hard about my lifestyle, I realized I need to make a positive change in how I live.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Mind Treasures for the past several years and they never fail to amuse me of their impact on the lives of young children. Participants are always eager to learn new financial skills from MT's staff. I love how most of the young ones are already thinking about teaching what they have learned to their own children in the future. Each lesson plan from the ABCs of Wealth curriculum provide a valuable life skill to the participants that will have lifetime effects. I sure home MT's program will expand rapidly throughout San Diego and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Mind Treasures for the past 6 years. I have noticed many positive changes in students and participants. Mind Treasures program is suitable for people of all ages. I recommend this program to all.

Advisor

Rating: 5

It's been pleasure working with Mind Treasures. Their ABCs of Wealth curriculum is changing the lives of many young children. I have seen the program in action and how attendees participate in various activities. I truly believe that this education should be offered at all schools across the country. Learning financial habits and skills is a must for everyone especially from young ages. My favorite lesson from the program is about how our generation is disrespecting everything by wasting valuable resources in our daily lives. Unfortunately our children are learning to be wasteful from young ages in their school environment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of serving in a few of Mind Treasures classes for elementary children. The changes I have seen in the participants are amazing. A 4th grader writes, "I loved the program because they treated us like adults." A high school senior writes, "What I have learned in this program has prepared me for the sacrifices I'll need to make for my future spouse & children." A parent writes,"My child brought her learning home every week and taught it to her siblings."

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is a must program for our youth! I've been wanting to implement lessons on financial literacy for a few years in our organization's summer program (Any Body Can Youth Foundation) and Alex provided this organized with a very informative course, with the added tough task of having to teach to a blended group of 5th through 11th graders. The approach was perfect and the variety of lessons, activities, and mediums used (hands on activities, workbooks, video, etc.) made each session very engaging. Not only did our youth learn about important finance terms and habits, but they also learned a great deal about the values that are important to have not only when dealing with money, but when going through life. Very happy that this program is available in our community!

Luke P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met with Alex and Mind Treasures in the summer of 2014 and immediately felt the impact of their financial guidance. Our road isn't easy; we rest easier knowing we aren't mismanaging the basics while trying to move on to the more advanced items down our path.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mind Treasure is an amazing program. I began to volunteer a year and a half ago and words cannot explain the impact I have seen throughout my time with MT. The children's faces light up when we walk into the room as they are anticipating fun and engaging activities. The curriculum is age appropriate and the staff members are genuinely passionate about the purpose of MT. After the 12 weeks of lessons, I notice a real difference in how the children incorporate the values an virtues of MT in vivo. Overall, I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is now 16 years old and a sophomore in high school. He was in third grade when he first started in this very special program. He learned the priceless value of money in relationship to himself and the world around him.

He used to have the "burning hole" in his pocket, not unusual for a young boy his age. But through this wonderful program, he learned the core values of earning his own money, saving his own money and charitable giving - of his own money.

Boys grow up into teenagers. Teenagers are well-known for being self-involved, very self-motivated and oftentimes selfish.

And yes, my son does have his days .... but to both his and Mind Treasure's credit, he has stayed true to the principles he learned with Mind Treasures. He still saves more than 1/3 of his money and has learned to donate not only his money, but his time to a specific charity that he enjoys supporting.

As far as I'm concerned, Mind Treasures could also been called Heart Treasures; they are a remarkable organization doing great work. Thank You Alex & Company.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is a definite treasure for all who have an opportunity to participate. It is a curriculum that should be available for all young people. It is planting a positive seed for now and their future. They can share this vital information now with others even their parents who may not have gotten this information earlier. This curriculum is twofold: the children are learning valuable information on virtues they should strive to possess in addition to learning about how to handle money. The virtues taught has so much to do with how money is handled.

Susan329

Client Served

Rating: 5

Some years ago I was able to attend a Mind Treasures workshop. The program seemed simple enough and at the time I had a good bit of debt. I began following the advice and although it took 4 years to clear my debt, I now have savings and use only 2 credit cards and pay them off at the end of every month.

Now my purpose in using the credit cards is to get points to travel. A much better way to "spend" money.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I wish that this program was part of every school curriculum Financial education and literacy should be taught early on in a child's life - unfortunately many parents, schools and teachers are themselves not trained enough to do so. This is a must for all children who are able to participate in this program which will be the foundation of their financial know how...

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Financial education and literacy through character development - this is so unique in concept and so far ahead of it's time. Everyone whom I have met who has either been involved in this program or gone through its courses, has nothing but compliments and the highest regards for the concept and it's Executive Director.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is such a wonderful blessing! The program is for all ages. Everyone can learn and grow with this program. It has a very unique curriculum that develops patience, sharing, and being grateful. It has helped and changed all communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of volunteering with this wonderful organization for many years. Their program is changing the life of the children one student and school at the time. Children are becoming aware of their hidden potentials and learning how to use these resources in their personal, family, and community finances.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program addresses life principles and responsibilities so that the participants can make a connection on how their attitude towards life has a direct correlation on their finances. I wish this was taught to me when I was a child! The concepts are applicable to all ages and the exercises keep the participant engaged.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best idea ever! If this financial literacy program was implemented when I was in Elementary, I would have had a better understanding of the importance in making wise financial decisions. The children are highly interested from beginning to end of how money should be used. Recommend it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to work with the Mind Treasures team in 2011. It was a very rewarding experience. Watching the students absorb the information so readily and applying it in so many ways at home, and even at school. Especially about wasting food and the importance of water. How students their own age were, in many cases, unable to attend school. Even some of them that were able didn't have desks or windows and such things we take for granted. I was impressed with their desire to help where they could. I'm sure that some of them will, in some way, go in a direction to be of value to society in some area or another. I was unable to join the program again due to another obligation that did not allow me to participate. Yes, if I could, I would love to participate again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience in the program was every other week. I worked with 2nd and 3rd graders. One thing that stood out was the reception we recieved as we went through the lessons. Not all students were able to grasp the idea as quickly as others. But eventually they did. Watching the transformation was beautiful. They were like the sponges you hear so much about when it comes to teaching that age group. Some of the positive comments they made at the end of the program were very uplifting to know we accomplished what we set out to do. It was a very positive and excellent experience for me. I would recommend this program to any school or educational institution. I'm sure there is a program for any age group. I regret I have since been employed and will not be able to participate in the next session.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I just attended a course over-view of the Mind Treasures program and mission. The mission of MInd Treasures as I understand it, is to train a generation of people to be more financially literate by invoking the sound philosophy of spending, sharing and sharing ones money to a entrephilantropic end. This message, taught to all ages in all walks of life, will then be taught to the next generation and the next becoming eventually a way of life.
While the present economic state of the nation will seemingly slow the effect message of the mission of MInd Treasures, it is a great and trainable philosophy sure to benefit all in society. There will be more concern for the society, less selfishness and less dependence of credit or greed and immediate gratification. This is a simple and beautiful goal.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Fourth Grade teacher, I can tell you that the Mind Treasures program is awesome! The students love the class and they learn life-long skills related to saving, spending and sharing. Mind Treasures provides curriculum that we as public school teachers are not able to cover in the normal classroom setting. I wish every student could go through a Mind Treasures program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is a great organization that instils financial literacy in young people. Not only do the lessons benefit children, they also apply to parents. This program has helped parents as well. The instructors have a heart to see people become financially secure and to raise the next generation to overcome financial obstacles.

Jennifer257

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is an amazing program. It gives young students and their families real tools to become financially informed and secure. It also gives students a chance to discover the amazing resources that they have like patience, assertiveness and concideration.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having known the founder and his family for many years, helped in a small amount of classes and had my children participate in the Mind Treasures experience I am a believer in the value this program brings to children, junior youth, youth and adults anyone who struggles with making the sure the material things are not a burden or hinderance to living the life we are called to. Alex has overseen the organic development of a powerful building block to a better society through his humble willingness to serve his community, apply his knowledge and continuously reflect on the progress of the program.

Thank you for putting forth a mighty effort to all of those involved in this grass roots endeavor!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This excellent organization helped me get completely out of debt and STAY that way. I also had the pleasure of helping with a children's class at one point and was quite impressed with the way the children are taught to utilize money with the idea of giving service to others.

This is a very fine organization and I highly recommend it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Just like music is universal, so is mind treasures. Mind Treasures is for any age or gender. It is basic financial literacy needed by all. But more than about money, it is about character development. Mind Treasures teaches about tools needed to handle money (little or much). Especially, patience, self-discipline and moderation. We can talk about everything developed inside of us. Mind Treasures teaches on responsibility, truthfulness, and generosity. Children can learn to be thankful for all things. It is not just about MONEY!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as a member of law enforcement, currently assigned to the Juvenile Adminstration Unit. I initially had the opportunity to observe the Mind Treasures curriculum being taught in an after school program. The students that were in attendance varied in age, yet all appeared to be so captivated by the training. I was blown away both by the training and the student particiaption. As it currently stood, I had no room on my calendar to volunteer for "another program," but Mind Treasures was different. I made myself available to volunteer in an way possible. I absolutely love the positive change that Alex Mazloom and his staff are doing in the lives of families with this program.

Donor

Rating: 5

We were always looking for a school in Africa to support, where we help with children's nourishment and education needs. Dollar a Month Fund helped us find such school and we are regularly update with the school's and with students' progress. We even got a chance to communicate with the students through DMF's efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful privilege working with Mind Treasures. There are two representatives from Mind Treasures per class. Recently, I worked with the primary grades and it was so much fun. I love to see how positiveness can motivate minds. The students are eager to learn and express themselves using there new found knowledge. At the end of the program we asked the students what they learned and what impressed them the most, I was very surprised by the responses. The students were very specific on what they learned and how much of an impact it had on their lives. One student expressed his desire to stop wasting food when he eats because so many children do not have anything to eat. He also stated that he will start taking smaller portions in an effort to not waste food. Another student told me that she learned how to be selfless and not selfish, and that she wanted to donate the toys she was no longer using. This non profit organization not only teaches students how to become better adults, but also how to become wiser adults when it comes to spending and using money. Throughout the program we use a register, at the end of our workbooks, for students to calculate how much money they are spending, sharing and saving. It teaches students the importance in saving for something they want and not spending money carelessly. It also helps children to see the importance in giving back to the community to help make it better. I hope to always be a part of this excellent program!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is doing a fantastic job educationing our children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mind Treasures is like a beautiful flower in the blooming process. It is a program that tenderly nurtures our sensative areas with rich teachings of life's most important and needed disciplines. It teaches how to take from life what is essential for healthy growth as each blossom must depend on for beauty and stregnth. Mind Treasures teaches each student how to give back to thier community and to society in general, a generous portion of love with a spiritual twist that is contageous and promotes peace. It thrives in children as their learning roots are hungry for the proper food; but it works for adults that are anxious to contribute in a way that benefits all. Mind Treasures is over the top in uniting quality humans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Mind Treasures was delivering a financial literacy and character building curriculum to elementary school students, 2nd grade through 5th grade. At the end of six months, students said such things as "I now help my mother more," "I will quit bullying," "I learned to have patience and to save money," "I learned to not waste food," "I want to help the poor," "when I grow up I will give my money to help the homeless." It was one of the most satisfying and moving experiences of all of my volunteer and paid activities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My two sons have done this program and have enjoyed the very different hands on activities. I have taught the program in Beijing China as an after school activity and very often parents would come repeatedly and thank me for what their kids were learning. I have taught this program to counselors and teachers from 2 International schools in Beijing and they have also taught it as an after school program. My kids are using the skills they have learned. They are getting weekly allowance and are doing a great job in saving, spending and sharing. They have truly understood the concept of money management taught to them. I have had friends also who have bought the package as a christmas gift and they were very happy with the results. I highly recommend the program. It is easy to teach and an easy and fun way to learn.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Miranda Hazard. I attended the course with my fiance Joe Garrett and his son Dejour Garrett who is 12 years old. I believe the course helped me with financial planning. It helped help to understand what it means to save, invest, etc. I am a work in progress and feel like I could learn so much more. I never knew how to balance a checkbook.
I appreciated the information learned and how it tied into families and personal enrichment. It was a great experience for me and I hope that the program is continued for others to experience what I did and what my family did. Thank you Mr. Alex Mazloom and Mind Treasures.

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