Santa Cruz Community Ventures is the nonprofit affiliate of the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union
My name is Jefre Barrera and I am a Financial Capability Intern at Santa Cruz Community Ventures. I'm a student at Cabrillo College and resident of Watsonville.
Youth face so many obstacles on their path to adulthood that one of them should not be the deprivation of knowledge and resources that are afforded to other youth in other communities.
The majority of youth in my community are financially illiterate but I want to provide them with information and resources that will give them opportunities to create a better life for themselves. I want to show them that someone does care about them, their future, and wants them to succeed.
As the Financial Capability Intern I will be developing a new program focused reaching high school youth, primarily at risk youth in the community. I aim to create presentation modules that will provide youth with information and resources to help increase financial capability.
Through mentoring and the creation of a strong and successful network with community partners we hope to reach the youth and create a drastic impact that increases awareness in the community.