The Women’s Initiative created the Dollar $cholar program in 2006 to empower girls to be financially independent and promote their safety and well-being. Lack of financial independence is a major barrier girls and women must overcome in leaving an abusive relationship.
The Dollar $cholar program helps young women understand basic money management skills and how practical finance savvy can improve their lives. Women mentors lead 8th grade girls in small groups through a day of engaging activities, games, and role-plays around the concepts of budgeting, credit, saving, and effective decision-making.
The program also exposes girls to successful women leaders, who serve as mentors for the day, and lets them experience a college campus – many for the first time. Dollar $cholar helps girls imagine their own possibilities and provides valuable knowledge for their future.
Dollar $cholar Conferences are held twice a year (Spring and Fall) in partnership with local middle schools and with support from local colleges and women volunteers who commit to mentor for a day.
Register to mentor at our next Dollar $cholar Conference. Details about our next Conference coming soon!
Download the Women’s Initiative Financial Literacy Guide for Girls to access free, online resources for adolescent girls and their families.