Community Engaged Financial Literacy   

The Financial Literacy Program will help immigrant populations comprehend the basics of money management, household budgeting, shopping wisely for healthy foods, and being wary of the perils online shopping and also comprehend the basics of banking systems, loan programs, and credit cards in order to help them in becoming more financially awareness. Last March 2016, we successfully worked with Colby College students, but we were training them on how to make a video documentary project.
  
Students Involvement with Financial Literacy Program

This year, we have turned our attention to Bates College, and are pleased to be producing video content of interest to our own community.  We are currently working on a financial literacy educational project with Professor Elizabeth Eames’ students in their Economic Anthropology senior seminar.  This program will help immigrant populations comprehend the basics of money management, household budgeting, shopping wisely for healthy foods, and being wary of the perils online shopping. We also want them to understand how the banking system works, how to shop for loans, and how to understand using credit and debit cards in order to become more financially responsible.  No past financial literacy programs have been recorded for posterity -- that is our mission, to preserve the lessons and show the videos over and over to different audiences within our community in order to help change understanding.  This year we are doing one short video about healthy shopping despite having children in tow.  The second short video this year is about avoiding banking fees. 

In coming years we will focus on different fundamental issues such as understanding the distinction between needs and wants, paying bills on time, online purchasing, predatory and pay day loans, overdraft fees, credit scores, unit pricing. We envision the financial literacy project running over the next four years, producing two short videos each fall semester, for a total of ten installments. Collaborating artists for this project include Professor Dr. Elizabeth Eames, Somali Bantu Community Association, the Bates students, and UnitedYES filmmakers Hilowle Aden, Abdinoor Hassan and Noor Libah. 

Every Short Term for the next several years, beginning in April 2017, we plan to work with Professor Eames’ Global Maine anthropology students in ANs39 to produce short videos documenting Lewiston/Auburn immigrant stories. We will help identify video topics, liaise with the community, coordinate the film shoots, as well as participate in the community engagement of the project. The details will be worked out this spring.
  
CONSULTATION/CLASS VISIT

Lecturing of bates student in both cultural competence and filmmaking techniques for Financial Literacy Project in Prof. Elizabeth Eames

Note: Hoping to be done filming by thanksgiving with some sort of public event held in early December. We invesion that the 20 minutes of all class session will touch  upon this project. These project planning some classes will be entirely devoted to cell.