New Resource for youth: Pathways to Getting Ahead

Posted by on December 5, 2003

[posted from Community Development Banking listserv]

The Public and Community Affairs Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (FRBB) and the Asset Development Institute (ADI) at the Center on Hunger and Poverty, Brandeis University are pleased to announce the release of this booklet intended for young adults.

Pathways to Getting Ahead aids young adults as they start on the path to building assets with the knowledge, skills and experience it takes to get a good job and advance. It helps them learn how a job can be not only a path to a paycheck, but also a source of very important benefits, and about other resources to supplement income when earnings fall short or jobs are not possible. The booklet provides valuable information about how young adults can advance along an asset-building path by saving and investing and avoiding financial pitfalls. Young adults can use Pathways to Getting Ahead as a reference on their own, or with help of an instructor, counselor, or mentor.

The booklet is designed so that a young adult can locate specific information he or she may require in making a decision now, and refer back to it when there are other decisions to be made in the future. Instructors can use the booklet as a part of a short course; counselors to prepare young adults to enter the workforce; and mentors to advise them on an educational, career, or financial path. It also informs young adults how decisions made at the community, state and national level affect the opportunities and choices they have, and tells them where they can learn more about those decisions. The booklet is chock full of ways to locate important information through local sources, 800 phone numbers or the Web.

You are urged to consider the many ways in which you can use Pathways to Getting Ahead. To share your thoughts or for further ideas on how to use the booklet, please contact Sandra Venner at the Asset Development Institute by phone #781-736-8688 or e-mail The booklet is available on the Web sites of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston at and the Asset Development Institute at Center on Hunger and Poverty, Brandeis University at

To order a hard copy of the booklet, contact the Publications Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Public and Community Affairs, P.O. Box 2076, Boston, MA 02106-2076, ph# 800-409-1333, fax# 617-973-3511, or email Limited complimentary copies are available.

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