It’s great to see that CFED is organizing a conference around the burgeoning interest in matched savings accounts for children and youth — also known as children’s development accounts. Great speakers like Dr. Michael Sherraden (godfather of the asset-building field) and Gary Stangler of the national Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative are on the schedule.
And best of all, the conference is in New York (Brooklyn), so it would be relatively easy for me to attend and there are people I could stay with.
I don’t have direct experience with matched savings accounts for children and youth, but youth savers will certainly be among the target market for SaveTogether, so I need to get more familiar with this ground-breaking work.
The conference wraps up on June 16, better known (although not widely known) as Bloomsday, after Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which takes place in the course of a single day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin. Perhaps the featured speakers at the conference that day will deliver their remarks in stream of consciousness. I don’t see any Joycean bar-hopping on the program, but I’m sure impromptu toasts will be encouraged.
I think I need to get in touch with CFED and ask if they’d like me to blog the conference in exchange for free admission.