The Job Foundation

Touching the lives of our students for more than ten years, we strive for a better tomorrow.

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The Job Foundation is believed to be the first, and perhaps only, Savings-Linked Conditional Cash Transfer Program in the world to target children.
Around the globe, researchers and leading experts are calling for the type of programming we have been doing since 2007.

Our MISSION

is to equip K-12 students and their families for economic advancement.

Our VISION

is for all people to achieve financial success!

Our Method

is Savings-linked Conditional Cash transfer to students whose household income qualifies them for free or reduced lunch students under the conditions of financial education, savings, leadership development, academic success, and abstinence from illegal activities.

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The Job Foundation- A Short Video

All People Achieving Financial Success!

Program Key Concepts

Education

Financial education and stewardship classes are held throughout the year.
1:1 Mentoring Tutors meet with students, weekly or bi-monthly, to provide
mentoring, guidance, and care. More formalized tutoring as needed is available.

Financial Asset Building

Students gain access to key financial tools such as savings and credit through their educational success. Earnings tied to good grades, behaviors, and attendance at school are released as grade reports are posted provided financial education workshops are attended and tests are passed. A minimum of 60% of these earnings are held in savings accounts and cannot be accessed only if they graduate from High School without a criminal record. Upon high school graduation, these savings will be used as collateral for a secured loan (beginning their credit history) and help them pay for independent living necessities, such as a first car. The other 40% of earnings may be spent during supervised shopping trips. This “hand on learning” provides the opportunity to write budgets, comparison shop, balance their checkbooks, give charitably, provide for their families, and so much more.

Leadership Development

Leadership education occurs during all financial lessons and is based on the principles of emotionally intelligent leadership.

Click here for a description of program services by grade level: Program Overview 

*The Job Foundation is not a religious organization.

Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program

The Job Foundation’s Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program was founded in 2006 and is committed to ending financial hardship by elevating the financial position of children. Executive Director and Founder of The Job Foundation Jennifer Corey-Brost had a front row seat to how financial hardship works and impacts children and families. During her sophomore year of college (mid 1990s), Ms. Brost purposely moved into a Section 8 apartment building where she and her roommates ministered 24/7 to persons trapped in severe financial hardship. A few years later, while her husband attended Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois, the couple’s first child was stillborn. They named him Job. The couple sought to bring good out of their grief by establishing The Job Foundation as 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that would address the physical and financial needs Ms. Brost saw so clearly in that apartment building.

Mrs. Brost had lived in a run-down apartment building for a year during college where she became better educated about financial hardship and the difficulties people with lower incomes face. After their multiple losses, Mrs. Brost could not imagine how her friends from the apartment building could recover from such hardships without extensive help to reestablish their ability to be self-sufficient. Armed with these experiences and a deep faith in God*, the Brost’s formed The Job Foundation as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose original mission statement was to assist persons facing adversity. With time, practice, and education, the organization came to see sound financial decision making and the offering of earned financial resources as beneficial methods for fostering economic advancement.

*The Job Foundation is not a religious organization.

In 2007, the Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program was launched. Today, just as in the beginning, the program provides  participating students financial awards for good grades while educating them on financial practices and requiring them to save at least 50% of their earnings. In the spring of 2009,  tutoring was added as a service as the organization hired its first employee, a graduate of the program. With the addition of tutoring, dramatic results have been seen with some students greatly improving their academic scores in a single quarter and teachers reporting improved behavior and effort. In 2012, Veridian Credit Union began partnering with us to provide students with checking accounts for their supervised shopping trips, enhancing the learning process and furthering the goal of financial inclusion for our budding financial stewards. The commitment to providing financial stewardship training for both our low-income students and our volunteer families’ children (who tend to have higher incomes) was formally adopted in 2015.

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