The United States Probation Office's Financial Literacy Program is offered to ex-offenders who have substantial court-imposed financial obligations or who struggle to manage their finances. The program, featuring Money Smart (FDIC: Money Smart), consists of six weeks of 90-minute classes covering topics such as budgeting, saving, opening and maintaining a checking account, electronic banking, credit repair, installment loans, and taxes.
Classes are facilitated by volunteers from the banking and financial industry, particularly Hanscom Federal Credit Union, with assistance from Probation and Pretrial Services Office staff. To date, 17 individuals have graduated from the program, which kicked off in the Summer of 2012.
The next session is targeted for Winter/Spring of 2015. Ask your Probation Officer to be placed on the participant list for the next session.