All Kinds of News for April 11, 2018
Foundations Asheville, a transitional living program for young men ages 18-24, helps students learn to budget and build basic financial skills. Each week, students meet with staff members to discuss budgeting and identify any issues that have arisen related to budget.
“When students first arrive at our program, we set up a bank account linked to Foundations,” comments Zac Beyers, Experiential Education Coordinator at Foundations Asheville. “This allows us to monitor their spending habits and patterns which we relay back to them during our weekly budget meetings. This helps students build an awareness of how much they are spending each week and what they are spending money on.”
In addition to learning about budgeting through their spending habits, students also learn how to budget through grocery shopping.
“Each Sunday, the life skills instructor who acts as a live-in mentor of the house sits down with students and plans out meals for the week,” says Beyers. “Each student picks a night to cook dinner for everyone and the meals they will cook. They will put together a grocery list which includes all the ingredients they’ll need to cook. There is a set grocery budget for each student per week and students must pick meals and ingredients that stay under budget. It’s a great learning experience for them and gets them fully engaged in the process of budgeting.”
Financial living skills is one of six functional life skills taught at Foundations Asheville. For more information about the other life skills taught at Foundations Asheville, please visit http://foundationsasheville.com/.
About Foundations Asheville
Foundations Asheville is a transitional living community located in Asheville, North Carolina. Foundations supports young men between the ages of 18-24 through the process of transitioning into adulthood by helping them gain confidence and motivation within a structured, individualized community environment. While at Foundations, young men gain skills to succeed academically, socially, and in the workforce. For more information about Foundations, please visit http://foundationsasheville.com/ or call 877-318-7273.