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Correctional Facility Education

The Royal team provides ongoing financial education in multiple facilities in the state of Wisconsin. Since the start of this program in 2015, Royal has impacted over 1300 students.

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The Royal team provides ongoing financial education at the Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility. We also do financial education work with the Barron, Dunn, and Eau Claire County jails and the Barron County Drug Court program. Topics covered include budgeting, dealing with debt, and the true cost of life's expenses. Since the start of this program in 2015, Royal has impacted over 1300 students.

This program offers an opportunity to support a marginalized population. We believe it can play a small role in creating the systemic change that is required in our society.

Royal received a National Credit Union Foundation grant in 2019 and worked with representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Stout Applied Research Center (ARC) to create a survey to measure the effectiveness of the correctional facility program. Students showed statistically significant gains in content knowledge, as well as attitudes and confidence levels regarding financial literacy.

Current program partners:

  • Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility
  • Barron County Jail
  • Dunn County Jail

This program has two models to choose from

 

Two Session Model

Lesson one: Wallet Wellness

  • Budgeting with a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) saving and spending plan
  • Controlling your cash flow
  • Tracking your spending
  • Paying yourself first
  • Learning your “money personality” and how it affects your financial decisions

Lesson two: What’s Your Credit Worth?

  • Using credit wisely
  • Requesting and understanding your credit report
  • Addressing credit report errors
  • Understanding credit scores
  • Learning about predatory lenders
  • Reviewing the pros and cons of credit cards
  • Dealing with debt

 

Three Session Model:

Lesson one: Wallet Wellness. The lessons modules are the same as in the two session model above

Lesson two: What’s Your Credit Worth? The lessons modules are the same as in the two session model above

Lesson three: The Cost Of Thriving

  • Uncovering the true cost of purchases
  • Planning meals and grocery costs
  • Exploring renting vs buying
  • Evaluating transportation needs

 

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