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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Helen42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very nard diease to have. My husband died
At 47 and he was my care taker. I wish no one would have trouble with this condition. I am always In pAin Nd have
a Very limited life what is worth living. Any suggestions?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Mind Treasures has tapped into a real 'gold-mind', if you will, meaning that it empowers us to re-'think' about the energy of money and how the ethereal effects that we call VIRTUES -kindliness, compassion, generosity, creativity - can change our lives by the way we apply this 'entity'. Money has a reputation that it is evil. Well, after attending Mind Treasures workshop, I have a more uplifting perspective of it...and that is the VIRTUEs aspect of money- which was missing in my life. The time is right --as Mind Treasures is teaching our younger generation (the seed) about this philosophy so that as our world continues to progress, a new 'mindset'/gold-mind will grow, and our world will develop into an economy that will be universally balanced. I am gradually getting out of debt...the first step for me. Our country is so in need of Financial Literacy. Wish I had it in my early days of parenting-- but I can teach my grandchildren!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I just recently attended a workshop presented by Alex Mazloom, co-founder, Mind Treasures. The information he presents is excellent! The information he presented is something humanity can use to help bring out our virtues and truly make this a world that we can live in prosperity, spiritual happiness, and overall well being. I don't think that our economic situation would be in the condition it is if we had these values in place.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mind Treasure's is a partner in deliverying financial education to an
area of San Diego considered as under-served. The program
curriculum has reached more than 500 students in the neighborhood popular after school program called Prime Time.
This program helps to level the playing field of equal knowledge on
financial practices which is one of life's essential success tools.
The husband and wife team that created the curriculum have shared
a wonderful gift to the families of this under invested community.
It is amazing to see how second and third grade students are able to
grasp the same basic financial concepts of Saving, Spending and Sharing as adults. In fact the kids get it even more so. As a volunteer
working with Mind Treasures for three years, it has been a wonderful
experience. Now we are waiting to see the results overtime.
Can't wait to see how the community will be impacted in the future as
these children grow into young adults and become entre-philanthropist. There are no doubts that it will be better.

Barbara Day

Thank you Alex and Nazila!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was raised that money wasn't important. As a result I didn't know much about money and was financially illiterate. When I came to Mind Treasures I was in debt and needed help. The most important thing they did was educate me about money and how to use it. I learned about budgeting, about how to use my money, how to create healthy financial habits and before I knew it, I cleared my credit card debt of $12 thousand dollars. I would never have been able to do this without the assistance of this wonderful program. More importantly, it has given me financial education and as we all know knowledge is power.

I think it is essential for everyone to receive the best financial education possible. As an educator, I feel this should be a mandatory part of our children's education. This is, I feel, the answer to the economic disaster we currently find ourselves in today not only in the United States, but on a Global level. This is the long term solution to prosperity.

I cannot think of a higher recommendation than making sure every child receives this education which will not only empower them, but chart the path to their prosperity.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The inspiring transformations of young minds was made evident in the fall of 2010 at Johnson Elementary School in San Diego county. One third grader on the first day of the after school class program stated he didn’t need to learn about making money because he was going to rob banks. By the fourth week of classes, his demeanor had completely changed and he was now developing and manifesting virtues highlighted in the course such as respect, patience, responsibility. He was now understanding the importance of saving money instead of wanting to steal it. Many of the students likewise experienced many positive character improvements and grew in financial maturity and in understanding the importance of balance and moderation in their use of time as well as in their spending habits.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At first i thought that this program was lame. but as the days progressed on and we learned many new things, i was having a great time. this program, not only was a great place to learn about financial fitness, but also it was a fun experience.

Review from Guidestar