Oakland Educator Recognized as National ‘Innovative Educator’

Oakland Educator Recognized as National ‘Innovative Educator’ of the Month by Visa Inc.

Bay Area Volunteer Selected for Helping Consumers Tackle Their Financial Futures

According to a press release issued today by Visa Inc., Veronica Dangerfield of Oakland was recognized today by Visa Inc. as national “Innovative Educator” for the month of July for going above and beyond in the pursuit of financial literacy.

Ms. Dangerfield is recognized for her work in helping families at Brighter Beginnings overcome their fear of finances. Brighter Beginnings is a non-profit organization that provides health care, education and job assistance to teenage parents and families in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Utilizing her strong banking background, Ms. Dangerfield has designed a money management curriculum and corresponding workshops to help students learn how to earn, budget and save their money. As a way to make her classes fun and engaging, Ms. Dangerfield gives students a “financial birthday,” complete with a cake, as a way to celebrate a new beginning to their financial lives. As a testament to the success of Dangerfield’s contributions, a single mother who completed the workshops was able to move out of a motel and into an apartment and another student was able to clean up her credit score after ten years of neglecting it, to name just a few.

Read the news release.

To learn more about how Ms. Dangerfield is helping her students tackle their financial futures, visit www.practicalmoneyskills.com, the website for Visa’s financial education program, Practical Money Skills for Life.

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