Equity Express News
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
On July 23 and 25, Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. will be hosting an Equity Express “train-the-trainer” workshop for sixteen local community organizations in the Cleveland suburb of Ravenna, Ohio, sponsored by NeighborWorks America. While the workshop will follow the established pattern for Equity Express—participants analyze their own budgets to identify potential saving areas (specifically financial planning, energy, transportation, food, telecommunication, and recycling) while learning how to describe the saving process to their communities—the workbooks used and the topics discussed will be tailored for local budgets. CNT Social Ventures Associate, Adam Mays, and his team have compiled data on utility rates, communication expenditures, transit fares, and food costs within greater Cleveland. This detailed information will allow Mays to focus his training on the specific needs of the conference attendees.
Chicago participants in Equity Express save an average of $125 dollars each month, and both NeighborWorks and CNT hope that, by training leaders of local community organizations, low-income residents of Ravenna will experience similar savings.
Friday, May 11th, 2012
CNT hosted its fourth Equity Express “train-the-trainer” workshop in early May. Nineteen representatives from 12 local community outreach organizations, such as homeless advocacy groups, disability housing programs, and refugee assistance centers, attended the workshop that was filled to capacity. Over the course of the two-day event, CNT staff helped these leaders develop strategies for training their constituents on the best ways to generate income savings on a modest budget.
12 local community outreach organizations attended the latest Equity Express “train-the-trainer” workshop
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Workshop participants discuss how families can save money by reducing their carbon footprint.
Last week, 11 community leaders who provide financial education and homeowner counseling spent two days in a “train-the-trainer” workshop learning how to incorporate CNT’s Equity Express Green Financial Education into their programs.
Once clients have defined their financial goals and begun to keep track of their expenses, the next step is to determine how they can save money on their limited income. One option is to make smarter consumer choices.
Equity Express is a six-session curriculum that focuses on ways people can save money in the areas of energy, transportation, telecom, and food, which together represent 40 percent of a typical family budget. By making smarter consumer choices, former Equity Express workshop participants have decreased monthly expenses from $20 to $200 per month.
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