Kahua O Ke Ola Foundations for Prosperity the 2012 Family Financial Empowerment Symposium – the follow up to the December 2010 Hawai‘i Asset Building Symposium-- will be held on O‘ahu from Wednesday, June 27, 2012 (late afternoon start) to Friday, June 29, 2012. The Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Coalition (www.cfecoalition.org) will be participating in the symposium. The CFE Coalition is comprised of the City/County governments from New York, San Francisco, Chicago, County of Hawai‘i, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Providence, San Antonio, Savannah, and Seattle. Hawai'i County is the only county involved in CFE.
The 2012 Symposium will engage participants from Hawai‘i’s:
public sector (federal, state, city/county),
private sector (businesses, financial institutions, and philanthropy), and
community sector (community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and families) in dialogue around effectively using a network approach to increasing family and community self sufficiency across the islands.
Participants will have a chance to look at the challenges and opportunities related to multi-sector approaches to asset development policy, programs, projects, and funding and financing strategies. The Symposium will also include an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in community to explore place-based asset building strategies and interact with families in the setting and context of their own communities. The 2010 Symposium set the foundation for such initiatives as the development of ResourcesMatch.org in Hawai‘i; the launch of the Kids Savings Initiative across Hawai‘i Island; establishment of Ho‘owaiwai Network – Hawai‘i Island; in addition to a range of individual community-based asset building initiatives. The 2012 Symposium will continue this focus on action to move on policy and practice initiatives that increase the ability of Hawai‘i’s families and communities to have choice and control over their future.