Match Story – Paula Burrows
Paula Burrows, who graduated from the University of Southern Maine, was enrolled in Opportunity Passport™ for five years, beginning in 2005. Paula purchased several assets, including certificates of deposit and educational expenses.
In addition to the financial help, Paul states that “the program has also taught me a lot about financial literacy. While participating in the program I have participated in a day-long financial literacy training. I have also had the opportunity to give back while in the program by speaking to other youth about my successes and encouraging them to save.”
Paula credits the Opportunity Passport™ program with helping her graduate from college with no debt, enabling her to save money to find an apartment with friends after college.
As Paula says, “The OP™ program is a wonderful thing, and I hope it can continue and help other youth in foster care grow into financially responsible and successful adults.”