Our vision is for every low-income young person to have the chance to transform their paycheck into an economic mobility pathway that will support them in achieving their full potential.
Through strategic partnerships, we ensure young people have:
Access to quality financial products,
A working knowledge of personal finance best practices,
A social support system to develop and sustain sound financial habits, and
Meaningful roles in program design, evaluation and advocacy efforts to improve access to quality financial services.
Many of this country’s low-income families and families of color live in neighborhoods where the financial services landscape is dominated by payday lenders, check cashers, rent-to-own stores and pawn shops. Without access to opportunities to safely save, build credit and borrow, they face serious hurdles to financial security and economic mobility. This financial services landscape must change if we want to see youth and young adults—and their families—move from living paycheck-to-paycheck toward living their dreams. Whether it is attending college, getting a decent-paying job, securing an apartment, saving for a home, or starting a small business, going after our dreams requires financial tools and planning.
Our vision is that all young people have access to the quality affordable financial tools and support that will support them in taking steps to achieve their life dreams. Mission SF’s work is to design models that connect low-income youth and young adults to such support, and to engage them directly as leaders in the design and delivery of such models.