Building Wealth and Health Network Program
The Network program provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers of young children to increase their income and savings, improve health and wellbeing, and shape their own futures - all in a community of their peers.
The Network does this through three main components.
- Financial Literacy and S.E.L.F Empowerment Curriculum
- Matched Savings Account
- Coaching and Peer Support
Building Wealth and Health Network classes have been taught in person throughout Philadelphia since 2014. In 2020, classes transitioned online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has allowed for the expansion of the Network outside of Philadelphia to new partners. The entire Network curriculum can be run through a combination of synchronous online class meetings on Zoom run by Network coaches and a self-paced online curriculum through cloud-based learning platform TalentLMS. When classes can safely return to in-person instruction, both instruction methods will be available based on site.
The Network program has proven effective in helping its members heal from adversity, feel less isolated, and improve economic security. It has also had strong positive impact on food insecurity, employment, mental and physical health. Learn more about the impact and outcomes of the Network.
The Network has engaged a wide range of members with its financial self empowerment curriculum, including:
- TANF recipients
- Members of all different racial and ethnic backgrounds
- Parents and caregivers of children under 18
- Residents of Philadelphia and South Central Pennsylvania
- Members aged 18+
Once members complete the educational courses as part of the Network, they are invited to join the Network Advisory Council for continued engagement opportunities and peer support.