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The Sweet Spot

Posted by anhptran on February 22, 2010

Over a cup of Mexican hot chocolate, Eric tells me the story of his father’s cocoa factory in Cameroon. Eric openly shares his story and experience with money and assets. He mentions that the last Asset Allies session was “more than a school” because “it moves people.”

From Eric stepping out on Sunday to share his story, to Miguel and Janice participating in a dramatic role-play to block out negative voices, these participants in Asset Allies demonstrate the power of diverse people coming together in the same space.

For the last two Tuesdays, we’ve gathered a group of residents in Wheaton, sharing space at Catholic Charities with Tuesdays Together, for financial education. From one-on-one conversations and information gathered in the Neighbors Campaign, we identified financial education as one tool for residents to bridge the gap between emergency services and long-term economic empowerment.

In an environment of mutual support, we’ve been able to create a safe space for everyone to learn, share, and grow together. Ray and I recognize the challenges of changing people’s mindsets, from consumers to producers. How do we measure this change? Can we accomplish this vision in 6 sessions?

We’re having cake tomorrow night for session #3, and it’s definitely not easy. Join us as we discover the sweet spot together.

One Response to “The Sweet Spot”

  1. […] (in blue sweater), a participant in Asset Allies, cried after session #2. However, after last week’s session #3, she remarked that she felt much more positive. Maybe […]

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