Posts Posts by: "Shawn Young"
money-stress-health causal loop

Hello friends and colleagues! I hope this correspondence finds everyone doing well, staying safe and healthy! A statistic that we have frequently referenced in the past indicated that over 60% of Americans didn’t have the savings to cover a $500 emergency.  Obviously, none of us knew that we were on the precipice of a…(Read More)

New Year 2020

Happy New Year! I hope that 2020 is off to a great start for you and your organizations. We had an amazing year in 2019 and we will be publishing our annual report at the end of this month highlighting some of our accomplishments.  Two big projects that we will continue to grow in 2020…(Read More)

by Shawn Young Over the past several months, as I’ve delivered the Frameworks in Financial Health class across Colorado, I’ve noticed a tremendous appetite for conversations about how we might better impact/inform policy. The curiosity usually starts from a conversation we have about the economic value of benefits, which then leads into…(Read More)

by Shawn Young We all know what scarcity feels like, but how does it impact our lives and what can we do about it? And how does scarcity impact the organizations that are helping people address the scarcity in their lives? In 2013, Mullainathan and Shafir released a book about it called, naturally enough, Scarcity…(Read More)

There’s a quote from Alice Walker that I really appreciate. It says, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” I like this quote so much that we have actually put it into our material at the end of each Bootstraps session. I think one…(Read More)

Can you feel it? It might be the difference in the daylight, or the beginning of school, or perhaps the beginning of football season… It might be… or could it be, like the tractor beam in Star Wars, where once you are in its range, you are irrevocably pulled in – unable to get away.…(Read More)