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The month of May is an exciting time for many of our Nation’s youth as they make decisions about their education and training pathways.

Many of us have the privilege of working with young people to help them plan their future.  This task has been exciting and challenging all at the same time. There are so many choices and minds can change so many times.

We even work to help them fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms and find funding for post-secondary opportunities. 

Did you know you can use U.S. Department of Labor’s American Job Center Career Tools Page to…

- Learn about occupational certifications and how to acquire them- Certification Finder

- Locate regional, state and local training and education opportunities by occupation-Education & Training Finder-

Find funding options to pay for education and training- Financial Aid Advisor

-Find new careers where you can use the skills you gained in a past job- mySkills myFuture

- Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities- Scholarship Search

- Find education and training programs where you can earn a certificate, diploma, or award in less than 2 years- Short-Term Training Finder

Check it out!

Now that all of your hard work has paid off, why don’t you share with us the educational, training or placement options your youth program participants will be pursuing? 

Will they be attending a Technical Training School, Community College, 4-Year College or University; serving in our a branch of our Nation’s Military; participating in a Registered Apprenticeship; obtaining an Industry-Recognized Credential or Certification; or joining Job Corps or a YouthBuild program?

We want to know what they'll be studying and how your program helped them achieve their goals.

It's your turn to brag a bit- We want to hear from you!


National Financial Literacy Month

Survey data from the just published “Financial Capability of Young Adults – A Generational View” study illustrates that millennials have very low levels of financial literacy. Only 18% of millennials, ages 18 to 26, were able to answer 4 or more questions on a basic financial concepts 5-question quiz.

The United States recognizes April as National Financial Literacy Month “to raise public awareness about the importance of financial education in the U.S. and the consequences that may result from a lack of understanding about personal finances.” Government at all levels is called on to join with private organizations and U.S. citizens to support the goals and ideals of Financial Literacy Month with programs and activities.

To celebrate the month the Division of Youth Services is hosting a webinar on April 9, “What’s in Your Piggy Bank? Motivating Young First Trained Workers to Save. ” You can register or view it at a later date by clicking on this link.

Here are some additional resources to help you and the youth in your programs.

?         Financial Literacy Money Workshop - free workshops and tips offered by the National Financial Educators Council

?         Financial Literacy - Money Management International’s microsite features a 30 step path to financial wellness. The site also provides the FLM Toolkit which includes a customizable news release, ebooks, downloadable poster and facts about the importance of financial literacy. Other helpful tools and tips may also be found online throughout Financial Literacy Month by visiting Money Management International on Facebook, @moneymanagement on Twitter, and on MMI’s YouTube channel.

?         Other financial education resources can be found at or call the toll free hotline at 1-800 MyMoney for information on financial literacy topics.


What are you doing with the youth in your program to support National Financial Literacy Month?

We look forward to hearing from you!