CARE Values Inclusion
In my last few blog posts, I’ve been sharing more about CARE’s core values of empowerment, inclusion, and collaboration. CARE’s values are the guiding principles that we follow to fulfill our mission: to prepare the next generation for financial success through volunteer-led education. After discussing empowerment in my last blog post, I would like to turn to CARE’s next value: inclusion.
According to research completed by Next Gen Personal Finance, in the 2019-2020 school year, 1 and 7 high school students were required to take a personal finance course. In schools with 50% or more black and brown students, that number is 1 in 22. That number is striking.
At CARE, we embrace individuals and communities with economic and socially diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. We aim to reach all students regardless of their location or existing financial literacy knowledge. As the statistics show, this work has never been more important than it is today.
We know that students who learn about money and finances in high school are better prepared for their future. In an increasingly complex financial world, understanding the basics, such as how to build and protect your credit as well as how to pay for higher education, are crucial to a student’s long-term success. For many young people, this knowledge can help build a path out of poverty.
We also know that inclusion does not just mean who we serve, but who we are. CARE is committed to welcoming volunteers of all backgrounds to help shape our future. Our ability to connect with diverse communities and share knowledge that matters is built on our volunteer relationships. Inclusion is a vital part of our work that allows us to better serve young people across the country.
Finally, in my next blog post, I will discuss CARE’s third value: collaboration.
About the Author
Tammy Hettinger serves as the CARE Executive Director. Her monthly series highlights several topics of financial education and news around CARE, such as the above volunteer profile. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, two kids, and family cat.