Girls tend to feel less confident than boys about managing money. Socially, girls are often taught that their role is to be the caregiver and nurturer while boys are taught that they are to be financial providers. In turn, when girls grow up and earn wages, they are less likely than their male counterparts to know how to manage their finances. While girls see little difference between genders when it comes to financial capability, only half of girls actually feel confident making financial decisions. 90 percent of girls say it is important for them to learn how to manage money, and 87 percent say that it is important to set financial goals (Having it All: Girls & Financial Literacy). Therefore, it is critical that girls have the support and skills they need to enhance their financial competence and confidence, and to help them exercise control over their financial futures.
ECMC Foundation has generously awarded Girls Inc. $38,500 to support our Smart College and Career Planning programs which empower girls to become self-sufficient, to develop education and career goals, and explore interests in STEM activities and careers. “We are pleased to continue our support through ECMC’s Go! Program, which focuses on working directly in communities to positively impact educational outcomes. Girls Inc. – a great fit for the GO! Program – works to change the lives of female students through research-based education programs that foster academic growth. We are proud of their work and are rooting for them.”
ECMC’s mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. ECMC Foundation endeavors to make long-term investments—either alone or by leveraging the work of other philanthropic, governmental and business partners—that improve academic achievement among underserved students as they prepare themselves for higher education and careers. They focus on four core areas of support: College Readiness; Career Readiness; College Retention; and Research on Teaching and Student Success, and we support important research and reforms that help people prepare for college and careers.