Youth-Led Poverty Reduction Project

Last Updated: January 16, 2008

In 2006, students in St. Helena, Louisiana worked to ensure that low-income members of their community received their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—a provision in the federal tax code targeting people of incomes below $35,000 to offset the burden of social security taxes. Too often, the EITC is under-used and misunderstood by the people who need it most.

The success of their program is undeniable. Operating for only two weeks, the students’ tax center returned more than $26,000 to St. Helena’s most vulnerable citizens. In 2007, two additional rural parishes in Louisiana were a part of the tax center program expansion, which includes youth-led financial literacy workshops in the school and community. The centers and the students now have IRS certification and contracts with the Louisiana Department of Social Services.

These financial modules are being used in conjunction with our "Helping Those Who Have Helped" poverty-reduction program. The following modules are being taught to high school students to introduce them to the basic concepts of financial literacy.

Financial Literacy Modules: