What is ASPIRE?
Monday, November 18, 2019
aspire (verb): To have a powerful or ambitious plan, desire, or hope to do or be something
If you’re a young person currently or formerly in foster care in Rhode Island, then Foster Forward’s ASPIRE Initiative can help you achieve your goals.
Launched with funding from the National Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, ASPIRE (Aligning Savings, Permanency, Information, Resources, and Empowerment) is a collaboration among Foster Forward, DCYF, and local community agencies. ASPIRE helps young people impacted by foster care get on the path to financial independence.
Youth will need to have a valid State Identification Card, a Driver’s License, or a Passport to begin the financial literacy portion of the program.
Youth must be able to open a Citizens Bank IDA savings account in order to enroll and actively participate in this program. (A valid government issued I.D. is required to open a bank account.) Youth need to be regularly saving money toward achieving their savings and asset purchase goals. Youth must also notify program staff of any changes in contact information.
Youth ages 16-26 who have spent at least one day after their 14th birthday in an out-of-home DCYF placement. A young person must go through our Works Wonders program training or already be part of Works Wonders to take ASPIRE financial education classes and enroll in the ASPIRE program.
Please complete the Works Wonders referral. Once completed, you will be contacted regarding upcoming Works Wonders classes which will also include ASPIRE financial education. If you are already in Works Wonders, please contact Victoria Ferrara- firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the next ASPIRE classes
ASPIRE is also supported through generous contracts with the National Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, the United Way of Rhode Island, Bank of America, Citizens Bank and Santander.