Financial Empowerment Fellowship
Financial Beginnings Oregon is engaging the future in financial education today as part of our Financial Empowerment Fellowships.

Each year, Financial Beginnings Oregon brings free financial education to communities all across our beautiful state. In 2020, we began including emerging young leaders to help us do this important work and enhance how we do it.

The Financial Empowerment Fellowship is a unique workforce development program for young adults from historically disenfranchised communities. Fellows help us build relationships with community partners, teach financial education, and improve our programs. They do all this while gaining professional skills, valuable resume-building work experience, and a competitive wage.

Meet this year's Financial Empowerment Fellows!
Ross Abel (they/them) - Polk County
"I'm a full-time student with a passion for history and helping others in my community. I am really interested in linguistics, fashion, medicine, and all those things in combination with their respective historical studies. Right now I want to become a high school history teacher, but I'm hoping to also be able to eventually work in a museum. I just love teaching people about history and getting them passionate about it. I'd like to be able to volunteer with people I connect with, specifically those in the LGBT community and those who cope with mental illnesses. I have worked with Rainbow Youth in Salem, Oregon, which was really fun. I'm also interested in being a volunteer for harm reduction programs. I'm excited to be a part of something so important as assisting others."

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Abi Mavity (she/her) - Multnomah County
"I am a 2023 Portland State University graduate from Salem, Oregon who majored in Community Development. I am passionate about connecting people with resources and building community to improve overall well-being. I am interested in analyzing needs-based scenarios and connecting people with available resources to better overall community health. I love spending time with my two dogs, listening to and playing music, and attending local events whenever possible."

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Check out these projects completed by our past fellows!

Introduction to Student Academy for Financial Empowerment
Alissa Ouanesisouk and Javier Gomez

Introduction to Financial Foundations
Grace Howard and William Toscano

Financial Empowerment Fellows Present - Women of Color in Finance
Deja Preusser and Abria Akil