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DollarWise: Mayors for Financial Literacy is the official financial education initiative of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since its inception in 2004, mayors and cities across the nation have made a commitment to increasing access to financial education to their citizens by participating with the DollarWise Campaign. As one of its primary initiatives, DollarWise supports and helps to expand financial education opportunities to youth within summer programs. For more information on DollarWise visit

During The U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in January, the following mayors received the 2019 DollarWise Innovation Grant:

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan was awarded a grant to expand the city’s summer youth employment program, with a focus on youth whose parents are immigrants or returning from incarceration.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was awarded a grant to expand a legal clinic for local underemployed residents in order to remove barriers to employment through the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership. The clinic helps residents navigate the judicial system, restore or acquire drivers licenses, and obtain employment.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor received a grant to expand his city’s child savings account program, Lansing Save. The City has partnered with Kroger to create a system where a percentage of money spent on groceries by a family can be automatically deposited into the family’s child savings account. 

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will use her grant to provide skills training and mentorship to youth in the New Orleans juvenile detention system through the City’s Welcoming Project.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve will use her grant to provide homeless residents with work-readiness training and housing through the 12-week Reno Works project, which has a success rate of over 80%.


The Partnership for Working Families aims to alleviate poverty by improving access to public benefits, such as the earned income tax credit.


Policies, practices, and programs that Mayors across the nation have successfully implemented in order to eliminate the educational achievement/opportunity gap within their own cities.


The Cities of Opportunity Task Force is officially charged with giving recommendations for local best practices and federal policies that will reduce the widening wage gap and income inequality in America’s cities and metro areas.


The purpose of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Click Here to find out more about the Department of Labor Cooperative Agreement. 

Click here to access the U.S. Department of Labor’s ION website for Implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).


Click here to access NaCo’s February 2016 Policy Research Paper Series “Second Chances, Safer Counties: Workforce Development & Reentry” Issue 3.

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