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Introducing the Bank of America Financial Empowerment Fellowship


Financial Beginnings Oregon (FBOR) is proud to announce open recruitment for our Bank of America Financial Empowerment Fellowship. FBOR is recruiting 5 young adults from the Portland Metro area to work towards economic empowerment in their communities while developing their own professional capacity through skills training and mentorship.

What Does a Fellow Do?

  • Fellows will be trained as facilitators to deliver FBOR's financial education programs.
  • Fellows will be supported to cultivate and steward partnerships with schools and community partners to whom they will deliver financial literacy education.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to work with FBOR staff on special projects while also attending skills development and professional training with partner organizations.
  • The Fellowship will culminate in a fellow-led community event centered on sharing learnings from the fellowship, promoting financial health and broadening access to financial literacy education.

Benefits of a Fellowship?

A cornerstone of the Fellowship is to contribute to the professional development of emerging young leaders from historically underserved communities. Fellows can expect to gain substantive work and skills development training, build relationships with local organizations, schools and businesses, and receive ongoing coaching and mentorship. Additionally, all Fellows will receive:

  • A stipend of $550 per month
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • $30/month cell phone allotment
  • Computer for use during Fellowship

Time Commitment

The fellowship is a nine-month commitment, from September 2020 through the end of May 2021. The day to day, week to week work of the fellowship will look different for each Fellow. The typical fellowship will fall within the following criteria: 1) 3 to 6 hours of time each week for facilitating lessons; and 2) 2 to 4 hours each week for professional development. Total time commitment each month is between 15 to 30 hours.

Who Should Apply?

This fellowship opportunity is open to young adults in the Portland Metro Area (Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah Counties) between the ages of 18 and 24. We are committed to building a diverse team to broaden and deepen our work in the communities we serve. We strongly encourage candidates from communities of color, disability, LGBTQ+ linguistically diverse populations and low-income communities to consider applying. No prior work experience is necessary, you must only bring a forward-looking attitude, willingness to share your own expertise and learn from others, and a sense of humor.

Why a Fellowship?

We know that communities learn better when the person teaching them reflects their lived experience. The Fellowship model allows us to collaborate with and help develop community leaders to then bring financial literacy back into their own communities. By working with young leaders from the communities we serve, and giving them opportunities to share their own lived experience with and understanding of personal finance in the classroom, we can create a more engaging, community-driven educational experience. This increases equity and inclusion within the financial education space and will allow us to incorporate student voices into the ongoing development of our financial education program model.


About Us

FBOR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to empower youth and adults to take control of their financial futures by providing free and unbiased financial education. We partner with schools and nonprofits across the state to provide free financial education so that Oregonians can see their own finances as a tool to realize their dreams and contribute to a healthy economic system. Last year, we partnered with 111 organizations and schools to reach 24,000 Oregonians with our programs. Questions and inquiries can be sent to alex.manoogian@finbegor.org.

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Accepting Applications Until July 31, 2020

"This program helped me set career and life goals." - Student Participant