AFN Member Conversation, Webinar

Virtual Learning Table: Opportunity Youth & Financial Wellness

AFN Member-only event. Space is limited to allow for engagement and discussion.

Do you have more questions than answers about the intersections between opportunity youth and financial wellness? Are you looking to learn with your peers about defining, investing-in and lifting up opportunity youth in your asset building strategies? If so, please join Asset Funders Network on December 2, 2021 at 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. for a Virtual Learning Table: Opportunity Youth and Financial Wellness.

This is the first of three anticipated informal discussions that will explore:

  • Definitions, framing, and measurement for financial wellness for opportunity youth
  • Shared resources, gaps and challenges to financial wellness for opportunity youth
  • Shared learning and strategic alignment with peers

In the United States there are nearly 5 million youth between the ages of 18-24 who are neither in school nor working. These “underestimated” or Opportunity Youth are disproportionately youth of color who are often overlooked when it comes to laying the groundwork in education, workforce training, career, leadership opportunities, and even health that will last well into adulthood. Investment in jobs, education, and financial wellness for opportunity youth can break cycles of intergenerational poverty and incarceration and strengthen our economy.

Virtual Learning Table: Financial Wellness for Opportunity Youth is an informal, virtual, funder-only discussion about the challenges, tested interventions and promising insights that are shaping the way that we think about future investments and targeted populations. Our first conversation on December 2nd, 2021 will include insights from the Dalio Foundation on key learnings from their work in reaching opportunity youth followed by a group conversation connecting opportunity youth and financial security. Participants should come ready to discuss their own learning around key questions:

  • How do you define opportunity youth and in what ways do you support funding for opportunity youth?
  • How does funding opportunity youth align with your particular interest areas (racial wealth inequality, COVID recovery, workforce development, financial wellness, education etc.)
  • What is the focus of your opportunity youth strategy and how has COVID changed it?
  • What aspects of funding opportunity youth resonate most (or least) with you and your funding priorities?
  • Which financial wellness topics are most relevant to opportunity youth (e.g. bank accounts, financial coaching and counseling, credit building, post-secondary education, housing, child care etc.)?
  • How does your organization measure impact?
  • How can we better align our financial security work to meet the needs of opportunity youth?

Space is limited to allow for engagement and discussion.


David Hunter, Connecticut Opportunity Project (an initiative of Dalio Education)
Amanda Olberg, Portfolio Director for the Connecticut Opportunity Project, Dalio Education

Read their bios