The Financial Education Volunteer Program (FEVP) focuses on helping families build their financial capability through classes on financial topics from budgeting to saving and one-on-one mentorship. This program will help reach current and untapped audiences to provide consumers with up-to-date research-based knowledge so they can improve their financial management techniques and thus their quality of life.
A Milwaukee Financial Education Volunteer (MFEV) is an individual who acts on behalf of the UW-Madison Division of Extension as a volunteer educator/mentor within his or her community after receiving training. These volunteer educators serve as partners with Extension to promote, inform, and work with community leaders, industry and individuals presenting programs on all aspects of financial management.
Steps to Becoming a Master Financial Education Volunteer
- When you enter the volunteer program, you enter into an agreement. In return for the training you receive in this program, you pledge to give back a certain amount of volunteer hours to Extension.
- You have one year to give back the volunteer service hours.
- Failure to complete this obligation means the individual does not receive the title of Financial Education Volunteer.
- A minimum of 16 hours will be spent in classroom instruction, and an additional 30 hours (minimum) service annually will be spent on field experience in financial-based, educational programs or one-on-one mentoring.
- When a person ceases active volunteering with Extension they also relinquish the title of Financial Education Volunteer (FEV).
How to Sign-Up:
- Fill out the Financial Education Volunteer Application
- Please complete the application and return it to Jenny Abel at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The cost is now free thanks to our sponsors UW Credit Union and First Bank Financial Centre!
- You don’t need to sign the behavior expectations now; we’ll collect those on the first day of training.
Future specialized training opportunities
Advanced training modules provide volunteers the opportunity to expand the influence of Extension through leadership in their communities and enable MFEVs to get involved in and lead programs that address particular community needs.
Financial Education Volunteer Jobs
The title “Financial Education Volunteer” should only be used when doing unpaid volunteer work for Extension. It should not be used to imply that Extension is endorsing any product or place of business.
In talking with community partners, many activities have been mentioned as potential jobs for volunteers. You, the volunteer, may have other ideas for programs you may be comfortable doing. Below are some audiences with which and topics on which you will likely be providing education after you finish your training:
- Education to Milwaukee Public Schools parents of Kindergartners to help equip them with financial empowerment skills that allow them to save for their children’s post-secondary education.
- Education to Kindergarten students in Milwaukee Public Schools who are receiving savings through the Fund My Future Milwaukee program on the importance of post-secondary education.
- Training for clients through the Bank On program, specifically youth and persons with disabilities, to help build financial empowerment skills.
- Help lead financial simulations.