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Money Matters teaches financial literacy basics to low-income community members and helps them gain control of their finances, reduce debt, and save money to meet future goals. This year’s program provided workshops to elementary school children in the downtown area surrounding San Jose State University. SJSU students in the College of Business taking BUS1 170 (Fundamentals of Finance) led interactive workshops introducing 1st through 5th grade students at Lowell Elementary School to earning power, saving, and credit. Additional workshops on setting financial goals were provided by Cathay Bank staff to SJSU students who were struggling financially and in two Central San Jose apartment complexes.

By the Numbers | 2017-18

28 SJSU students engaged

93 residents engaged

181 hours of service

$4, 469 value

Project Impact

More than 90% of Money Matters elementary school participants reported they were more interested in saving money to buy bigger things in the future because of their workshop experience

100% of elementary school participants enjoyed the workshops on money management with SJSU students

Community Voices

“The SJSU students who got to hear from Cathay Bank staff [about financial planning] benefited from the workshop. It helped them with their lives.”
– Bee-Gates, SJSU Professor in Child and Adolescent Development

“[Money Matters] helped me understand the concepts I was learning in school in a practical way. When I tried to explain ideas to kids, I need to be much more organized and thoughtful about them before I present my teaching materials.”
– SJSU Student, College of Business