The Job Foundation

GRADUATING SENIORS 2019

We had 4 students graduate from high school and the program this year. Prior to graduation they:

Completed 120 financial & leadership lessons

Completed a 6 month spending plan and a 2 week meal plan

Obtained a driver’s license

Obtained at least 6 months of combined work and volunteerism

Opened a secured loan

Completed and pass exit exam at 70% or higher

Presented a reconciled Job checkbook register

Created a spending plan for long term savings

 


The lessons that we have covered are purposely built to empower these ladies to overcome key barriers that are common to breaking out of any disparity cycle to tackle transportation, employment, positive credit, and housing! With education and experience in these areas our Job students reduce their risk of being taken advantage of intentionally or non-intentionally. The students are best set for success and financial stability. These children have amazing families and teachers. We are coming alongside of them to reinforce the quality life skills and education they are already getting. We want to be an extension of their village to continue our vision of “All Children Achieving Financial Success!”


IMARI DAVIS, East High School

Grade Enrolled: 3rd Grade, September 2009

Something You Have Learned That Will Stick With You: Saving. She didn’t want to save initially but now she is seeing how because of her putting money away it directly impacts what she is able to do with her future. Such as, buy a car before she goes to college. She states that saving money is so important in the long run, the outcome is greater when you save.

Biggest Highlight/Best Memory of The Job Foundation: Mentoring times and things they would do together after our lessons. That usually involved eating ice cream :-). She also enjoyed the Annual Affirmation events that highlighted the yearly accomplishments of the Job students.

How Has Your Mentor Impacted You: She felt that Susan really cared for her. The impact of her mentor inspired her to talk to other kids about her experience with choices that weren’t always the best and how she has learned from them now. Susan showed her to have patience and that people do really care and would love to help anyone if they can.

Future Plans After High School: She plans to go to Hawkeye Community College for 2 years and then transfer to a university out of state.

Savings Earned Since Program Enrollment: $2,744.00

Plans For Savings: She plans to buy a car, start a retirement investment with 1,000, save the rest and let it build more.

 


YAJAIRA BURT, West High School

Grade Enrolled: 3rd Grade, September 2009

Something You Have Learned That Will Stick With You: She has learned how to be financially stable and be productive in real life situations that every adult goes through in life.

Biggest Highlight/Best Memory of The Job Foundation: The best memory she has of being in the program would have been when they were able to go horse back riding and her horse was obviously the one to go wild and run off fast while she was on it. It was a great yet scary experience for her. However, the best part for her would have been just meeting up either once a month or every other week with Susan and the other girls and just bonding and helping each other out because they where all going through life’s challenges together.

How Has Your Mentor Impacted You: Susan really helped her through hard times that she wouldn’t speak to anyone about. Susan was there when others weren’t and made her believe that she didn’t have to go through it alone.

Future Plans After High School: She plans to go to Hawkeye Community College and then go on to study Pre-Med.

Savings Earned Since Program Enrollment: $3,458.40

Plans For Savings: She plans to spend no more than $1,000 on personal expenses for college and then put the rest into long term investing so it can continue to grow.

 


LOVÉ SAFFOLD, East High School

Grade Enrolled: 3rd Grade, September 2009

Something You Have Learned That Will Stick With You: The most important lesson that she has learned is how to balance a checkbook register.

Biggest Highlight/Best Memory of The Job Foundation: The biggest highlight for her is having Susan as her mentor.

How Has Your Mentor Impacted You: She cherishes all of the “old people sayings” that Susan regularly said to make her think about her actions.

Future Plans After High School: She plans to go to Hawkeye Community College.

Savings Earned Since Program Enrollment: $3,150.54

Plans For Savings: She plans to use her savings to support her future.

 


DOMINIQUA WATTS, East High School

Grade Enrolled: 3rd Grade, September 2009

Something You Have Learned That Will Stick With You: How giving can benefit others and yourself. She didn’t want to give initially. She didn’t want to give her money away, but after an experience with a family member in Iowa City she realized how helping Ronald McDonald House can directly impact other people. Now she loves to give and makes it a priority in her life. She states that she has learned how important it is to save and making sure you are being a blessing unto others.

Biggest Highlight/Best Memory of The Job Foundation: The people that took time out of their own lives to invest in her and want her to succeed. She has talked about the early middle school days when they would meet at Carver after school and Angie Weekley would come and teach and bring prizes and treats.

How Has Your Mentor Impacted You: Susan took time away her family to be with her and put her as a priority when she didn’t have to. She loved being with Mrs. Susan and getting together and having “girl talk”. Words can never describe how impactful she was. She has left an imprint on my life. She is the best role model and was truly the best!!

Future Plans After High School: She plans to attend Iowa State University on a full ride scholarship for all 4 years majoring in Elementary Education. She plans to become a teacher and hopefully one day, a principal. She was inspired by a volunteer who mentioned they went to college debt free by filling out scholarships. She worked hard with her counselors and Job Foundation volunteers to prepare essays and scholarships and she got her own reference letters. Now her hard work has paid off and she will graduate from Iowa State University debt free!

Savings Earned Since Program Enrollment: $3,875.70

Plans For Savings: She plans to buy a computer for college and invest the rest in stocks.

 


Job Foundation Graduate Interviews

You can also hear more from Job Foundation Graduates on The Steele Report

You can also read more about Job Foundation Graduates in their Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Article


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