Advocates at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid do more than just represent low-income Texans facing legal problems. We also try to educate Texans before they get into situations where their rights can be violated.
One way in which TRLA does this is by educating residents on financial literacy. Policy analyst Marlene Chavez has developed a curriculum and reached out to low-income communities to educate residents on making smart financial decisions. The curriculum contains six classes including topics such as financial management, budgeting, predatory lending, and responsible home ownership.
Currently, TRLA advocates, including Chavez, are going through the curriculum with a group of young mothers in the Rio Grande Valley. The latest workshops are taking place at the Brownsville Literacy Center.