Congratulations to all previous recipients of the Mary O’Neill Mini Grant!
2019: Money Week
Christopher Sneed and the University of Tennessee Extension
Research has demonstrated that developing an awareness of spending and savings concepts early can lead to greater financial competence later in life. Money Week builds on this core understanding by providing financial education for limited-resource elementary school students. The education aligns with state standards for mathematics and National Jump$tart standards while also incorporating literacy as a key component of the program. Utilizing in-class instruction and read-aloud activities, Money Week covers essential financial education topics such as identifying money values, counting money, understanding wants and needs, using money, and managing money. An accompanying newsletter, sent home each day with the students, helps the entire family know the topics being covered while also highlighting easy to implement tips for saving money. Strong support from school staff and the local Extension office along with buy in from local banks and credit unions positions Money Week as an impactful program with potential for future replication. Implementing partners for this project include The University of Tennessee (UT) Extension Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, UT Extension – Knox County, and Green Magnet Elementary School.
2018: Double Estate/Legacy Planning: For persons with Alzheimer’s/other dementias and their caregivers.
Marsha A. Goetting plus the Legal and Financial Committee of the Montana Alzheimer’s Workgroup
A caregiver is faced with not only taking estate/legacy planning steps for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, but also for him/her self. A packet of legal and financial resources will be made available for Montana caregivers who do not have access to computers or dependable internet services. Doctors, physicians’ assistants, and nurse practioners will be informed of the availability of the packets for distribution to their patients. The packet’s content will also be made available on the web. Partners include the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Workgroup, Montana State University Extension, Alzheimer’s Association–Montana, AARP-Montana Chapter, Department of Public Health and Human Services-Senior and Long Term Care Division, and State Bar of Montana.
2017: Student Loan TIPs (Texting Intervention Project)
Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, Kathy Sweedler, David Evans, Suzanne Bartholomae, Elizabeth Kiss, Erica Tobe, Terry Clark Jones, Joyce Serido, Mary Jo Katras, Graham McCaulley, Andrew Zumwalt, Carrie Johnson, and Peggy Olive
Student Loan TIPs is a texting intervention project for college graduates who will begin the student loan repayment process. Participants receive text messages about the repayment process and resources available to help make repayment decisions. Funds from the grant will be used to develop an educational toolkit for Cooperative Extension professionals that will include information and procedures on how to implement the program. A component of the toolkit will be a series of four podcasts about student loan repayment. Members of the team are all Family Resource Management Extension Specialists representing the North Central region.
2016: Expanding Middle School Financial Education in Diverse Neighborhoods through the Use of the Money Dawgs Program
John Grable, Michael Thomas, Michelle Kruger, Kimberly Watkins & Kenneth White
Money Dawgs was created as an alternative youth financial education initiative by AFCPE members teaching and taking classes in personal finance and financial counseling at the University of Georgia. Members of the team, from left to right, include John Grable, Michael Thomas, Michelle Kruger, Kimberly Watkins, and Kenneth White. The team has been providing week-long camps for middle school age children to learn about money management topics, wealth accumulation strategies, and general personal finance topics. Funds from the grant will be used to expand the Money Dawgs concept to meet the needs of children living in economically vulnerable neighborhoods.
2015: Starting Over After Foreclosure Toolkit
Erica Tobe and Brenda Long
The Starting Over After Foreclosure toolkit was developed to provide situation appropriate content to meet the unique needs of families. Early marketing efforts with Michigan partners identified an overwhelming need for this material and a need for additional avenues for delivery. To provide clients help beyond the toolkit format, MSUE is also in the process of developing a series of eight free stand alone classes with interactive videos that will be housed on the MSU Desire2Learn course management system. Each class utilizes toolkit content, Reflect and Connect questions and scenarios, downloadable/fillable worksheets, and web-based resources!
2014: SaveIt! App
Emily D. Sorenson & Clinton G. Gudmunson, Iowa State University
Building College Sudent Financial Literacy: A powerful tool to harness everyday spending decisions in reaching personal financial goals and to see the progress each step of the way. Designed as a teaching tool to set goals, track progress, and motivate good savings behavior. Development of the app was influenced by intervention principles of “gamification” and behavioral economics. Learn More.
2013: Financial Education Boot Camp
Ruth Brock, AFC®, Alabama Cooperative Extension
Financial Education Boot Camp: Building Teachers’ Capacity to Teach Personal Finance was a pilot program for Alabama Teachers, adapted from Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers University, and was conducted in 10 counties across the State of Alabama. One hundred ten teachers were trained to teach personal finance during the 2013-2014 grant cycles. The program was needed due to a new personal finance graduation requirement for Alabama public schools. Using a train-the-trainer model, teachers now have the knowledge, skills, and resources to share and replicate materials with others.
2012: Money Matter$: Train-the-Trainer Video for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Paul Goebel & Rachel Grimes, AFC®, University of North Texas (UNT)
The Money Matter$ video project combined the financial literacy training expertise of the Student Money Management Center with the ASD programming expertise of the University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center to develop basic budgeting curriculum for young adults with ASD; create a train-the-trainer video to assist financial literacy practitioners in presenting basic budgeting curriculum to young adults with ASD; and provide free access to the video to financial literacy practitioners and trainers, families, schools, and ASD programming specialists as a download from the UNT SMCC and the Kristin Farmer Autism Center websites.
2011: Using Pocket Trackers in the Colorado Small Steps to Health and Wealth (SSHW)
Nancy Porter, Colorado State University & Laurel Kubin, AFC®, Colorado State University Extension
The first recipients of the $2,500 Mary O’Neill Financial Education Mini-Grant developed a “Pocket Tracker” teaching tool for use in the Colorado Small Steps to Health and WealthTM program. The Pocket Trackers are given to program participants to reinforce the “Track Your Current Behavior” strategy. The tool helps participants become more aware of how much they eat, move, and spend throughout a typical day or week, providing a baseline necessary for setting goals to improve their health and/or wealth by taking specific small steps. Each attendee in this session will receive a Pocket Tracker for personal use.