About Young America Saves

Young America Saves helps young people ages 16-29 develop a saving habit by pledging to save between $5 and $25 dollars per month or more toward a specific goal. We advise youth to keep their savings in a bank account to make it less easy to access and to have a plan for making regular deposits into their savings account. In partnership with the University of Illinois, Young America Saves developed a competition model to encourage and motivate students, faculty and staff at the University’s three campuses to make a personal savings commitment by pledging to save in greater numbers than their competitor campuses. The competition features an internet based communication and engagement strategy for campus partners to reach their audiences.

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Inspired to Build Savings By Starting Small

With little-to-no money in the bank and living on a limited income with her adult daughter, Sharon wasn’t sure if building up savings for her future was even possible. “At my age, to put debts behind me would be a relief,” she said, but she wasn’t quite sure how to even get started with a savings plan. That all changed when Sharon attended the Great Lakes Michigan Saves Pay Yourself First Saver’s Summit during America Saves Week.

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Transforming “I Can’t Save” to “I Will Save”

You will not believe what it took to completely change my life. About three years ago, the HR Administrator of the corporation where I worked (as a temp with no benefits) forwarded an email to me. Fifteen seconds. One small act of kindness. That's it - that's all it took!

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The Gift of Homeownership

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.

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