DollarWise Awards The City of Lexington with a $10,000 Innovation Grant to Integrate Financial Education Into ESL Programming

On Thursday, May 25th, The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign met with Mayor Jim Gray to award the City of Lexington a $10,000 2017 DollarWise Innovation Grant to support and expand financial education resources within the city’s GLOBAL LEX program.

Joining Mayor Gray was Lexington City Council Member Jennifer Scutchfield, Lexington City Council Member Peggy Henson, Global LEX Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Isabel Taylor, and Merrill Lynch Senior Vice President Mollie Brennan.

“Financial literacy – proper money management, budgeting, understanding the importance of savings is an essential part of everyone’s education,” Gray said.

GLOBAL LEX is charged with assessing and providing service needs to Lexington’s immigrants, refugees, visitors, and other limited English proficient individuals. The program supports civic integration and access to business and services in over 150 languages, in compliance with state and federal law. GLOBAL LEX will use its DollarWise Innovation Grant to leverage its successful Driver’s Education training model to provide financial education to participants undergoing English as a Second Language classes.

DollarWise applauds the City of Lexington and GLOBAL LEX for their tremendous efforts that impact so many.

For video footage of the DollarWise awards ceremony, click on the link here.

Each year, the DollarWise Campaign provides three $10,000 grants to cities with innovative and replicable programs that integrate financial education into English as a Second Language, Public Housing, and Prisoner Re-entry initiatives.

DollarWise programming is made possible through sponsorship from the Bank of America Foundation.

For questions about the DollarWise Campaign, please contact DollarWise Program Manager James Kirby at jkirby@usmayors.org.

About the Author:

James Kirby is the Program Manager of The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign, and the Assistant Director of the Council on Metro Economies and the New American City.