AAUW California’s work with financial literacy began with Bakula Maniar and a small committee in 2008. The committee developed a web page in the first year and started looking into various means of educating women and girls in financial matters.
In 2009-2010, the Financial Literacy Committee was awarded a Community Action Grant from AAUW to bring Start Smart to State of California. The grant was successfully utilized to present twenty training workshops throughout the State in 2010-2012 and thus trained many college students to negotiate their compensation. We also trained many AAUW members as facilitators. The program is still going strong in many colleges making a big impact in bringing pay equity. By December 2018 we presented more than 175 Start Smart workshops throughout the State of California.
At the 2009-2010 Leadership Day Meeting, the committee decided to develop the Money Trek program. Mary Albertson of Temecula Branch was the main force behind developing Money Trek. Using a survey of our student affiliates at Mount San Jacinto College and guidelines and suggestions from the committee, Mary developed six Money Trek modules. Many thanks go to Mary Albertson along with Brandy Shiners, who helped with editing and checking, Christine King for adding graphics and Linda Baliman of San Jose Branch who had worked on some project modifications. Linda, at the request of AAUW’s program V.P. added a Student Loan section. Our sincere thanks to all of them.
In 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 we completed Money Trek and presented to membership six modules in a PowerPoint presentation along with a presentation guide. The modules were in PowerPoint so the presenters could modify according to the age and experience of their audience.
With a new committee member in 2018-2019 we are updating some of the information and adding more material to revise the program and repackage it. Modules are packaged in such a way so they can be presented in pairs. The modules are intended for high school and college students. It is hoped Money Trek will become a program that will be given by branches all over the state to address the great unmet need for financial literacy training in the program’s target age group.
In 2018-2019 we also plan to prioritize Work Smart as part of the state’s financial literacy program since AAUW in next four years plans to train 10 million women to negotiate their compensation. Both Start Smart and Work Smart are AAUW’s programs. Money Trek is sponsored by AAUW-Ca. Financial Literacy program.
We hope this gives a clear picture of AAUW-CA’s Financial Literacy Committee’s 10 years history. We expect the work of the committee will continue for many more years to come.
Bakula Maniar, Financial Literacy Committee Chair January 10, 2019