Believing, as Mr. Kazanjian did, that economic literacy is for everyone, the Foundation seeks projects that help students and adults often identified as “at-risk” of not participating in the market economy.
Here are a few programs or this type we have funded:
College Mentors for Kids
An Indiana based organization dedicated to placing college mentors with young at-risk elementary students examined personal economics as a way to help the children learn basic economic skills. College Mentors for Kids first trained college students how to use personal money management materials in informal settings with 4th and 5th graders. They also developed materials for the child’s parents or guardians. The combination of college level students educating children in personal economics helped both mentor and mentoree alike.
The Kinder-Economy was adapted to meet the needs of inner-city students by its creator, Dr. Marilyn Kourilsky, partially through the support of the Foundation. This project is a derivation of the Mini-Society, an experiential economic education program designed to teach basic economics and entrepreneurship skills to at-risk economics students.
Because Mr. Kazanjian founded Peter Paul Incorporated in Connecticut, the Foundation maintains an interest in the state. On several occasions the Foundation has supported STRIVE
, a southern Connecticut based organization dedicated to helping the “hard core unemployed” to find jobs. STRIVE
provides job skills and basic economics education to those who have little if any employment history. STRIVE’s
job placement and one year job retention rate is above 70%.