9:00 to 2:30 pm
Tools and Next Steps for Financial Capability Work: Behind on Bills and Financial Education Standards
Speakers: Patty Avery, CFPB; Daniel Dodd-Ramirez, CFPB
Money issues and financial concerns cut across situations and communities. Is financial empowerment integrated into the work your organization does everyday? Join us for a training on how to use the Behind on Bills toolkit to quickly and easily talk with people about common financial stressors.
The Behind on Bills toolkit contains eight tools that help people set financial goals, track and manage income and spending, plan for and prioritize their bills and expenses, and understand their rights and responsibilities when they are contacted by debt collectors. Patty Avery from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will provide an in-depth look at how to engage clients in conversations about their financial well-being and how to use the tools to help clients take their next step towards solid financial footing. Attendees will leave ready to use the toolkit with clients and community members and ready to train their colleagues in its use. This practicum will begin with an update on the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative’s Financial Education Standards.
Winning in Salem: Tools to build effective and powerful coalitions
Speaker: Tanya Beer
Join Tanya Beer for a session to dig into the mysteries of what makes a strong and effective policy coalition. You will learn and apply tools to help us build a strong base for successful housing and asset building conversations in future legislative sessions.
Creating Opportunity for People with Disabilities through program design and self advocacy
Speakers: Emerson Sekins, NW Access Fund; Ross Ryan and Gabrielle Guedon; and Senator Sara Gelser
This session will begin with a disability sensitivity training led by Emerson Sekins of Northwest Access Fund. Emerson will share a framework for approaching the work to remove barriers for people with disabilities, and some history of the organizing and legal work that has been done on this issue.
After lunch, Gabielle Guedon and Ross Ryan of the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition will share the guidelines they’ve developed for partners working to support their advocacy, and will talk about the impacts they have had on state policy. State Senator Sara Gelser, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee in the Oregon Legislature, will share her perspective on the impact of OSAC members and other self-advocates on Oregon policy.
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