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Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go?

New financial literacy blended learning platform for youth and adults

Float Your Boat Media announces the launch of a new financial literacy curriculum for youth and adults called Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go? The blended learning platform provides instruction in essential financial concepts, commonly used terminology, guidance, resources, and everyday tools. As with other Float Your Boat courses, the platform is designed to accommodate individuals and service organizations. Its goal is to empower people to make informed decisions about their financial lives, seek appropriate assistance when necessary, and build the foundation for a lifetime of responsible financial behavior.

On Volunteering

Community volunteers help people where they live. If you want to help your community and gain experience that could help you find a job, volunteering may be a great idea for you.

Many places need volunteers. For example, parents can volunteer at their children's schools. They may help the teacher prepare food or activities for the children. Some people volunteer at libraries. They may help organize the books or plan events at the library. People who like animals can volunteer at an animal shelter. Animal shelters care for cats and dogs that don't have a home. You could also volunteer to serve food to people who are homeless or poor. Homeless shelters help people who do not have a place to live. This is where I volunteer.

New to a Job: Developing Good Work Habits

Whether you're at your first job or in a new work situation, it can be confusing to try to find your way. Fortunately, there are a number of qualities that nearly all employers are looking for in a worker. We hope this advice on work habits will help start you out right.

Put Your English Language Skills on Fast Forward

Put Your English Language Skills on Fast Forward
What’s the best way to improve my English?

The ability to communicate well in English is important for success in the U.S. workplace. Searching for work, applying for jobs, interviewing, doing your work each day - every step of the process will call on you to listen, speak, read and write in English.

If English is a new language for you, building overall skill as quickly as possible will support your success both on and off the job. If you already speak English fairly well, you can always target specific skill areas such as pronunciation, vocabulary building and advancing your literacy skills.

Learning and practicing with Float Your Boat, taking classes, and studying at home are all great ways to make progress in your language learning. But many English learners wonder how they can go faster, learn more, and get command of English quickly.

I can’t tell you how many students have asked me about “the best way to improve my English”- especially people who are just starting to learn English and who really need to use English right away for work, school, an important test or simply to make life in the U.S. a little easier. And even though there really is no one single best way to quickly improve skill in English or any other language, the great news is that there are many things you can do to speed up the learning process.

Let’s talk about a few of them.

Discussing Disabilities

Job-Seeking with a Disability

Some disabilities are easy for other people to see, and some are difficult or impossible for other people to see. If you can do the essential parts of a job, you are eligible for the job, even if you need a reasonable accommodation. (A reasonable accommodation is a reasonable change that allows someone to do a job, and we will discuss those more later in the blog.) If you have questions about what the essential parts of any job are, make sure to ask when you apply. You can say, "What are the essential functions of this job?"

Some people choose to talk about their disabilities in job interviews. Others choose to wait until they are hired before discussing their disabilities. As long as you know that you are able to do the essential parts of the job you're applying for, either choice is acceptable. If you're not sure you will be able to do the job, ask questions at the interview so that you can be sure.