The Financial Health Institute provides innovative courses that guide individuals and organizations to become aware of how financial stress affects their well being and develop strategies to manage resources, reduce stress, and improve health.


    For nearly a decade, our courses have been designed to help a diverse range of audiences, including people of all ages and income levels, people struggling with addictions, people with disabilities, non profit and business professionals, executive teams and state and municipal departments. Our live onsite courses have been hosted throughout the country in a variety of settings and can be customized to fit the needs of the participants.

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    Our NEW online courses are self-paced, educational experiences that highlight financial health tools, insights and essential knowledge to help you personally and professionally. These online courses use cutting edge technology, activities, audio, video and quizzes and can be completed on your own schedule. Online courses can be purchased individually or as part of our membership subscription. Our online courses can be combined with our Live Onsite Courses or as an alternative learning experience for those who prefer this easy-to-use educational technology.

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    By purchasing an annual Financial Health Institute membership you will receive: unlimited access to Bootstraps Asset Building Education online course; free quarterly live Financial Health Forums; monthly Financial Health newsletter; unlimited access to the online Library; and discounted live onsite courses including: Bootstraps Asset Building Education; Financial Health for Case Managers; and  Financial Health for Professionals. All courses come with essential tools and materials.

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    The Financial Health Institute provides supplemental services in addition to our live onsite and online courses. Some of our services include: Speaking Engagements; Curriculum Design; and Consultation

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    I walked away from the training with a variety of tools to help me continue processing and understanding the role of money at an individual and societal level. It was, without question, the most meaningful training I've attended, and I highly recommend it for all levels of staff who are looking to better understand their own thoughts and actions around financial health.

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    I actually have all the power that I thought was circumstance.

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    Controlling spending takes more than being aware and I was very interested in the changes in behavior the class called for. It made me pay closer attention to the types of 'deals' I purchase, and made me look into where my money was really going.

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    It made me aware of what I was spending, how I was spending, and if that lined up with what I value most.

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    The FHI work has been some of the most beneficial programming in my time at The Salvation Army's, Harbor Light Center. It is organized, timely, and relevant. I see it's usefulness while at Harbor Light and certainly afterward, for me. As the course continues to evolve, I and other residents share the viewpoint that the FHI course should be made available to all, the sooner, the better! I commend whoever developed the FHI course at Harbor Light. I deem it intrinsically valuable to me in my recovery. Tomorrow I celebrate my six month of sobriety.

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    This is one of the most informative and stress reducing classes I have ever taken.

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    The materials were incredibly insightful to both my own spending behaviors, as well as the larger cultural constructs that contribute to the ways in which we understand (and perhaps more importantly, don't understand money). The instructor was enthusiastic, full of knowledge, and facilitated meaningful conversations throughout the training.

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    Everyone I know who has taken the course had an epiphany and understood why it was important to save and set up a budget.

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    This was, without a doubt, the most effective tool I have experienced to make me re-consider my financial decisions. No lectures from my parents or financial planners or even Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman types had greater impact on the way I see money. Since participating, my credit score has improved, I have savings in the bank, and I am less wasteful. Using the tools I learned in the class allowed me to take immediate steps to eliminate the bulk of my financial stress. I’m just in a better place now.

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    I am shocked how much better my life has changed by taking a few suggestions I learned from this class.


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Our Story

Shawn B. Young, founder of the Financial Health Institute, started out focusing on providing life skills education, including financial literacy, to low-income and under-served individuals.

After recognizing a significant missing component to financial education for people who were homeless or struggling economically, in 2008, Mr. Young set about creating an educational curriculum that blended healthcare education and financial education, but focused primarily on financial behavior modification. This new curriculum, titled “Bootstraps Asset Building Education” and its behavior modification approach was rapidly successful . . .

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NEW Membership Opportunity

  • Bootstraps Online Access
    Unlimited access to Bootstraps Asset Building Education course online.
  • Discounted Courses
    Discounted live onsite courses: Bootstraps Asset Building Education; Financial Health for Case Managers and Financial Health for Professionals.

  • In-person Financial Health Forums
    Free quarterly in person forums where you can have all of your financial health questions answered by faculty!

  • Exclusive Online Library
    Unlimited access to online library full of useful financial health resources, tools and other materials.
  • Monthly Financial Health Newsletter
    Electronic newsletter filled with articles designed to provide members with the latest financial health news and tips.

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