MyPath Savings

Model

MyPath Savings is a tested banking and savings model that seamlessly integrates key financial capability components into youth workforce programs, including: direct deposit, vetted youth­‐owned financial products (a checking and restricted savings account), a blended in-person and online financial education curriculum, and saving incentives. Youth participants are supported to open accounts, set a personal savings goal, set up direct deposit, use auto-split to save a designated portion of each paycheck, and incentives to meet their goal. MyPath provides workforce programs with the training and technical assistance they need to integrate these components into their existing program cycles.

Impact

MyPath Savings is the only tested youth financial capability program in the country with demonstrated outcomes, including savings behaviors, positive future orientation and self-efficacy.

  • Since 2011, MyPath Savings has generated over $1,000,000 in youth savings.
  • 85% of MyPath Savings participants open savings and checking accounts; and 75% meet their personal savings goal– on average saving 30% of their income.
  • MyPath Savings builds saving muscles, converting non-savers into savers. With two-thirds of participants reporting they don’t save at the start of the program, a remarkable 80% are saving after the program.
  • MyPath Savings has served 2,000+ youth. MyPath Savings has been implemented successfully in San Francisco, San Mateo and Reno, Nevada, with expansion planned across the country.
  • Longer-term outcomes include: youth gain confidence to continue to budget, save and spend wisely; are more likely to attend college; have an emergency fund established; and are setting and meeting new personal goals through financial planning.  

MyPath Savings innovation and impact have been highlighted by numerous field leaders, including the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), the Center for Financial Services Innovation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Partners

Evaluation and Research Partners: Eastern Washington University ● Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Center for Community Development Investments● University of Michigan ● University of Missouri St. Louis ● University of Nevada at Reno ● Washington University in St. Louis 

MyPath Savings in San Francisco / Bay Area

City Partners: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Center for Community Development Investments ● Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program (MYEEP)  ● San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families ● San Francisco’s Office of Financial Empowerment

Financial Institution Partners: San Francisco Federal Credit Union ● Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Youth Workforce Partners: APA Family Support Services Bay Area Community Resources Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center Buchanan YMCA Community Youth Center – Chinatown Community Youth Center- Richmond Community Youth Center – Sunset Enterprise for High School Students Exploratorium Horizons Unlimited Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (IYEL) Jamestown Community Center Japanese Community Youth Center (JCYC)  Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Life Learning Academy LYRIC Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program (MYEEP) New Door Ventures Old Skool Café OMIE Beacon SFO  Sunset Youth Services Vietnamese Youth Development Center Village Project Young Community Developers (YCD) United Way Bay Area

MyPath Savings in Reno, Nevada

Financial Institution Partners: United Federal Credit Union

Youth Workforce Partners: Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Children’s Cabinet Community Chest Community Services Agency Healthy Communities Coalition Truckee Meadows Community College

Become a Partner

If you are interested in learning more about our MyPath Savings model, please contact our Senior Program Manager, Tahisha Victor, at Tahisha@MyPathUS.org

“I never wanted to save money. I always wasted it. But now I can keep it in the account and I don’t have to worry about my brother asking me to borrow money and not paying me back. It was a good way for me to save my money and actually at the end I feel proud of myself. It was worth all the effort and wait I put into it.”

Youth Participant, MyPath Savings

“No other organization is doing as thorough and successful job with youth as MyPath. We have a very deep, symbiotic relationship that has led to snowballing growth. Year after year the metrics keep rising, the programs keep expanding, and we’re now looking at expanding MyPath Savings to our branches in other locations.”

Jeannine Esposito, Manager, Community Engagement at Self-Help Federal Credit Union