Overview

In 2018, the Foundation were thrilled to be the successful recipient of the Building Community Financial Capability Grant from the Ecstra Foundation via Hobsons Bay Community Fund. The aim of the grant is to provide access to the resources Australians need to make confident money decisions now and for their financial future.

As such, IWCF has been working with Victoria University (VU) to design and create a financial literacy program targeting a variety of Inner West communities of Melbourne.

Initially the program will target high school children, and then the core of this program will be adjusted to reflect and help other parts of our community. High school children were chosen as an initial core group due to the broad cultural reach this program would have and therefore enable a broad program to be developed. This broad program could then be adjusted, focused and amended to be of relevance to further community organisations.

The Program is now being trialled at several secondary schools in Melbourne’s inner west throughout Term 2 this year.

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Our Facilitators

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Laura Main
With a background in fine arts, Laura has spent the most part of the last decade as the owner/operator of galleries Signed and Numbered and Enough Space in Prahran.
Her time as a business owner and board member of the Chapel Street Traders Association led Laura to see the value in educating and supporting young adults in the areas of entrepreneurship, business and money management. This led to her working at the Victoria University Academy for Social Change and Leadership as an academic advisor.
Laura’s relationship with the IWCE started while she worked alongside them at Victoria University to develop the initial practical financial literacy program idea.  Laura has now joined the IWCF to help get Money Mentors off the ground and into local schools and community organisations.
Angela Martin

Upon completing a Bachelor of Business Banking and Bachelor of Computing degree at Monash University, Angela spent over 15 years in the financial services industry. Throughout her career as a financial services professional liaising with large corporates, business and retail clients, Angela recognised a significant gap in consumer knowledge regarding how to manage their finances. After having 3 kids of her own (her eldest in secondary school) and taking on various volunteer roles at their kindergarten, schools and sporting clubs, Angela was inspired to move into the education sector to use her skills and knowledge to reduce this gap.

Currently completing a Masters Degree in Teaching (Secondary) at Victoria University, Angela has joined forces with IWCF to develop the Money Mentors program. This program has been carefully constructed to provide our teenagers with key life skills to assist them to successfully understand and navigate their finances. Angela is delighted to facilitate the Money Mentors program which she strongly believes will effect a positive financial trajectory for our future adults.