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Expanding Education IDAs: New Partnerships & Program. Maggie Reilly Program Manager CASA of Oregon. Mission. The mission of CASA of Oregon is to develop housing, programs and facilities that improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of farmworkers and other low-income populations. .

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Expanding Education IDAs:New Partnerships & Program

Maggie Reilly

Program Manager

CASA of Oregon


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Mission

The mission of CASA of Oregon is to develop housing, programs and facilities that improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of farmworkers and other low-income populations. 


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Asset Building Programs at CASA

  • Established VIDA in 2001; MESA in 2007

  • Serve thirty-one counties in Oregon; forty VIDA members and twenty-two MESA schools

  • Savings goals

    • Homeownership

    • Microenterprise development

    • Post-secondary education

    • Home rehabilitation and repair

    • Adaptive equipment, technology or specialized training related to employment


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VIDA Collaborative

Since 2001:

  • Over 700 participants

  • Over 350 graduates

  • About 17% of participants save/saved for post-secondary education

  • Adult savers


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MESA College Initiative

  • Matched Education Savings Accounts

  • Partnership with community colleges, universities and high schools

  • Youth and adult participants

  • In year one, approximately 75 new participants


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MESA’s Program Goals

  • Create access for students and potential students to post-secondary education

  • Provide schools a resource to complement their supportive programs

  • Increase the participation of underrepresented groups in post-secondary education, such as first-generation students, students of color and non-native English speakers


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Roles and Responsibilities

  • Schools recruit, enroll and support participants

  • CASA provides back-office function for schools, including data management, reporting, fundraising and establishing bank relationships

  • CASA and schools develop materials, curricula and refine program concurrently


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Creating a New Initiative: Why MESA?

  • Different partners

    • Schools operate differently from non-profits, housing authorities, Native American tribes and social service agencies

  • Different structure for new target population

    • Ability to save

    • Timing

  • Different language & approach

    • IDAs? What?

    • Point of entry/initial contact


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High School Participation

  • GEAR UP schools

  • Save 10th-12th grade

  • Deposits come from youth’s earnings

  • Involvement from parent/guardian

  • Complements GEAR UP’s programs that prepare kids to access and succeed in college

  • Youth-oriented financial education and college planning curricula

  • Match from state and federal funding


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Community College Participation

  • Mt. Hood Community College’s Transiciones & Transitions Programs

  • Save during college for preplanned, intermittent goals or for transfer to a four-year college

  • All women participants (95% Latina)

  • Curriculum mixes financial, college and life planning

  • Match from state and federal funding


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College Partnerships

  • Oregon Independent College Foundation

  • Ten independent colleges in Oregon

  • Phase 1: retention tool; phase 2: outreach tool

  • Save during college for preplanned, intermittent goals or for transfer to a four-year college

  • Financial aid office, student services/affairs and academic advisors involved

  • Match comes from private, state and federal funding


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Choosing Partners

  • Look for existing infrastructure

  • Start small

  • Find a champion/advocate

  • Understand their Weltanschauung and adapt accordingly

  • Geographical diversity

  • Financial need


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Designing Program

Research gap to achieve goal (both financial and human capital)—then work backwards:

  • Savings vis-à-vis earnings

  • Seasonal employment

  • Intermittent disbursals (mini-goals)

  • Timing and future planning

  • Match

  • Training requirements (build on existing programs!)


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For More Information

www.casaoforegon.org

www.vidaoregon.org

www.mesaoregon.org

Thank you!


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