Here’s an Assets Learning Conference tidbit that I didn’t know about until this evening: A number of films about asset building will be screened in the hotel theater at various points during the conference, funded by sponsor Merrill Lynch.
The individual screenings aren’t listed in the conference program (they’ll be announced in the “newsletter” tomorrow, the program notes), so consider this my first-ever news scoop (of course, I should mention that I didn’t have to meet an informant in a dark underground parking lot to get this scoop — someone at CFED just emailed the roster to me, and I’m pretty sure she was well aware I would put it on the blog).
All showings will be held in the “Screening Room” on the lower “Ballroom” level. The list below is just for Thursday (look for Friday’s schedule in a post tomorrow); the descriptions are straight from CFED:
8:25 a.m. – 8:35 a.m., SEED Video
What would it look like if every child in America were born with an account in his or her name at birth, and could save over their childhood for their goals and their dreams of a home, a business or an education? A new video by CFED takes a look at the Savings for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED) Initiative which seeks to answer that question by spotlighting children and youth who are saving in SEED accounts in Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Colorado. These young savers are just a few examples of the 1,300 children and youth testing the idea of Children Development Accounts as part of the SEED Initiative in twelve community organizations across the country.
CFED, 2008 (10 mins)
8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Pursuit of the Dream: Cars and Jobs in America
Low-income workers who are trying to reach self-sufficiency, stabilize their finances and move up the economic ladder must be able to connect to good jobs and meet family obligations. A car is often a necessity. However, common obstacles such as overpriced and unreliable cars, sub-prime (high interest rate) loans, high down payments, hidden purchase costs and the limitations caused by poor credit histories can prevent them from improving their lives through car ownership. Pursuit of the Dream; Cars and Jobs in America, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, explains the importance of affordable, reliable transportation for building the economic success of low-income families and their communities. The documentary features the stories of three real-life families who struggled with the pitfalls that low-wage workers often face when purchasing a car, and shows how they overcame them.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2008 (22 mins)
9:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Nuestro Barrio – Episode 4
Manuel and Marisol Diaz are Latino immigrants who have it all: their own family restaurant, great marriage, beautiful home, two handsome sons, and a community of friends who look up to them for their financial savvy. There’s just one problem; Salvador, the vengeful owner of a local night club, wields an old secret that Manuel knows could destroy him. As the secret unfolds, it soon becomes clear that there is even more at stake than Manuel had feared. If you and your family didn’t catch Nuestro Barrio during the recent TV broadcast, you can enjoy it here at the 2008 Assets Learning Conference. Come along and live each person’s story. At the heart of all the twists and intrigues, you may even discover the financial secrets that will help you realize your own dreams. Spanish with English Subtitles (13 episodes, each 25 mins)
Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina, 2006
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Living With a Hole in Your Pocket
Working families face one challenge after another trying to survive and get ahead. A new documentary, Living with a Hole in Your Pocket, produced by CFED, Northwest Area Foundation and the Twin Cities Public Television Network explores why living in poverty makes saving and getting past day-to-day struggles difficult.
CFED, Northwest Area Foundation and Twin Cities Public Television Network, 2008 (60 mins)
4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m., SEED Video
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mission Asset Fund: Investing in the American Dream
The Mission Asset Fund is a new neighborhood-based, community-led, asset-building organization that seeks to expand access to financial services, savings and investment opportunities for low-income immigrant residents of San Francisco’s Mission District. With support from the Levi Strauss Foundation, MAF commissioned this video to share insights from our two-year planning process where we engaged over 300 low-income Mission residents to gain their input into the development of MAF’s mission, structure and programs.
Mission Asset Fund/Louise Vance Productions, 2008 (14 mins)