The Take Charge America Institute

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About

The Take Charge America Institute


The Institute’s mission is to create research-based educational outreach programs to improve financial literacy and help consumers to make informed financial choices in today’s complex markets. A major endowment gift to the University of Arizona in 2003 from the credit counseling agency Take Charge America established the Institute. Located in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the TCAI has focused its efforts during its first five years on educating young people how to manage their finances and make informed choices as they move into adult life.

Building Financial Security

Do credit reports or the idea borrowing money feel overwhelming?  Would you like a clearer picture of how you spend and save your money? Building Financial Security for Self, Family, and Community takes an in-depth look at managing money.

How do your values, goals, and culture impact your spending and financial decisions?  Take control by prioritizing expenses creating a spending plan & making SMART goals.

Learn how to build and use an emergency fund.  Understand different types of insurances and how they can support you.

How does interest affect your debt, credit, and savings?  Learn to use credit responsibly and decrease the time and interest you pay on loans.

Understand how your credit report is made, how to read it accurately and dispute inaccurate information.  Discuss strategies to keep your information safe and improve your credit score.

Personal And Family Financial Planning

Through meaningful curriculum, educational enrichment, structured internships and hands-on professional development, the UA’s Personal and Family Financial Planning program will ensure that our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce empowered and in demand. Companies will actively recruit our well-prepared graduates into positions such as Financial Advisor, Wealth Manager and Financial Planner. We embrace this highly focused and flexible industry and look forward to creating the kind of professional connections that last a lifetime.

Take Charge Cats

The Take Charge Cats, formerly the Credit-Wise Cats, began in 2000 with just 5 University of Arizona students, educating their peers on campus. Today, the Cats have grown to a team of 15 ambassadors. The Cats have extended their educational outreach efforts by improving the financial literacy of youth throughout Tucson high schools, middle schools and community organizations.

Financial Literacy Lending Libraries for Early Childhood Education Centers

TCAI, in partnership with and Arizona Cooperative Extension, is creating portable financial literacy lending libraries for Early Childhood Education Centers to help parents of young children (ages 3 to 5) instill an understanding of money, the difference between needs and wants, and making choices, using children’s storybooks and supporting materials. The project will make the portable libraries available to the Pre-K education centers through a lending system through County Extension offices. The kits will include a variety of children’s storybooks and helpful hints for parents as well as teaching materials. All books and materials will be in English and Spanish. If your Education Center is Interested in utilizing the Financial Literacy Lending Library for your students please fill out an interest form here.

Our Collaborators

The Take Charge America Institute is committed to developing and providing research based outreach through collaborative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Contact Us, to learn more!

Take The Arizona Saves Pledge

Make a pledge to yourself and create a simple savings plan that works. Complete the Pledge and America Saves will send you short email and text reminders, resources and tips to keep you on track towards your savings goal. Become part of an entire community of savers. Get started now by Taking the Pledge here!

 

 

The Take Charge America Institute Personnel 

Dan McDonald, Ph.D

Director, Take Charge America Institute

Extension Specialist for Financial Literacy

Krystle Calles

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator, Take Charge America Institute Coordinator of Take Charge Cats program

Noel Wilkinson

Program Coordinator

Coordinator of Take Charge America Institute-Cooperative Extension partnership program

Chelsea Lopez

Administrative Assistant II

Take Charge America Institute

AmeriCorps, UACE Wildcat Corps