Today, Treasurer Goldberg issued a progress report on the first two years of her Office of Economic Empowerment\u0027s financial education initiatives. \n\nThese initiatives resulted from the Treasurer\u0027s 2015 Financial Literacy Task Force, whose report issued an action plan to enable all Massachusetts residents to gain access to the financial skills they need at each stage of life.\n\n\u201cBuilding robust financial literacy programs is a critical step toward strengthening economic security for everyone in Massachusetts,\u201d said Treasurer Goldberg. \u201cWe will continue to innovate and expand our outreach through digital delivery and partnerships throughout the state. When we invest in people, we empower people to invest in themselves.\u201d\n\n\u201cInitiatives and programs generated by the Treasurer\u2019s Financial Literacy Task Force target students of all ages, veterans, women, and seniors. A broad array of the Commonwealth\u2019s citizens have benefitted from the Treasurer\u2019s inclusive and innovative approach to economic security,\u201d said Barbara Anthony, Former Chair of Financial Literacy Task Force. \n\nIn just two years, Treasurer Goldberg\u2019s Office of Economic Empowerment has initiated 19 of the 22 policy recommendations provided by the Task Force, including:\n\nReaching more than 1,000 Worcester kindergarten students and families through the SeedMA college savings pilot program;\n\tEstablishing SoarMA, a two-year children\u2019s savings account pilot designed to help low-income 7th graders and their families save for higher education and develop college-bound identities;\n\tProviding salary negotiation and money management training to five communities and 184 women through the Women\u2019s Economic Empowerment Series;\n\tServing 900 members of the Military, Veteran, Family and Survivor Community through Operation Money Wise financial education grants;\n\tAwarding more than $140,000 through the Financial Education Innovation Fund to establish or expand financial education fairs at 52 high schools, serving over 10,000 students; and\n\tCreating EqualPayMA.com and MyFinancialLifeMA.org, robust digital platforms with tools to close the wage gap and provide resources for the financial challenges of every resident.\nYou can find a more detailed review of the Progress Report and recommendations HERE.\n\nOn day one, Treasurer Goldberg created the Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE), led by a deputy treasurer, with the deliberate goal of implementing a range of economic empowerment initiatives that include closing the gender wage gap, increasing access to financial education, improving college affordability, and investing in STEM careers and education.\n\nFor more information about OEE, visit http://www.mass.gov/treasury/empowerment or follow @EmpowermentMA on Twitter.