NYJL Rights of Passage committee teaches fiscal responsibility
As part of our partnership with the Rights of Passage program at Covenant House, the New York Junior League hosts several life skills courses for the program’s participants. The young adults who attend this program live at Covenant House full-time. This program helps give them important tools to live independently and transition to permanent housing. The goal of the program is to empower young adults to identify their respective personal and professional goals and create tangible action plans. There are several courses offered, including lessons on writing resumes and preparing for job interviews.
Earlier this year, we attended a course focused on fiscal responsibility. This particular course covered the details of how to open a bank account, build good credit, and when to use a credit card versus debit card.
Held in a classroom on-site at Covenant House, the NYJL volunteers divided into team leaders and group participants. The team leaders reviewed a prepared outline of “how tos” and group participants were ready with key examples and frequently asked questions to generate conversation in the room.
Once the Covenant House attendees arrived and the lesson began, the conversation was lively! The NYJL volunteers responded to important, thoughtful questions from the attendees and provided real-life examples and described key actions necessary to obtain good credit, for example.
These types of programs differentiate Covenant House from other shelters by helping residents focus on their life goals, and providing them with emotional support to help them break the cycle of homelessness and build better lives.