The mission of w!se is to improve the lives of young people through programs that develop financial literacy. Our initiatives are built on five pillars – relevancy, real world experiences, strong partnerships, volunteerism, evaluation and assessment. W!SE programs reach low-to moderate income communities nationally, especially secondary school students and survivors of domestic violence.
A vote for W!SE gives a survivor of domestic violence the opportunity to become certified financially literate.
In the fall of 2009, W!SE began offering its financial literacy program to domestic violence survivors in the Bronx. Since then, the program has expanded to Brooklyn, Queens and Salt Lake City in the hopes of teaching survivors to become financially self-sufficient. W!SE programming teaches the basics of personal finance while also spending time on topics that
are of interest to domestic violence survivors, like bankruptcy – which is often a real threat to a survivor’s financial health. W!SE also offers access to one-on-one financial counseling in the hopes that by teaching domestic violence survivors how to be financially independent, they can not only survive but thrive in a new life on their own.
Operation HOPE’s educational programs teach students how to have a conversation in the language of money so they can be confident and empowered as they take control of their financial future.
WorldofMoney.org works in the New York Tri-State Area, providing underserved youth with a sound financial foundation. They help children create a positive relationship with money, enabling them to be self-reliant financially in the long run.
W!SE programs teach the basic personal finance with a special focus on topics of interest to domestic violence survivors. They teach survivors to be financially independent so they can thrive, both emotionally and financially, in their new life on their own.