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YWCA Maricopa County Own It Financial Education Program
YWCA Maricopa County seeks to advance its mission of empowering women and eliminating discrimination by fostering proactive educational programs and community collaborations focused on creating positive systemic change addressing financial equality for women and families.

Own It Financial Education is a four-week program that provides its students with the knowledge and tools they need to become financially stable and independent. The curriculum teaches students how to:
• Use credit wisely
• Invest for the future
• Manage a bank account
• Increase savings
• Reduce debt

Three months after completing Own It:
• 3 out of 4 students report an increase in savings and reduced personal debt
• 3 out of 4 graduates follow a household budget
• 3 out of 4 graduates report an easier time paying bills
• Nearly all graduates are teaching their children financial literacy

YWCA uses their partnerships to expand the Own It Financial Education Program. In 2013, YWCA has already partnered with: Dress for Success, East Valley Child Crisis Center, City of Phoenix, City of Avondale, UMOM, YMCA Glendale, Fresh Start, Salvation Army Kroc Center, AASK, Steps of Faith and Florence Crittenton.

Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix
755 E Willetta St
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 258-0990

YWCA Empowerment Series Hosts Scottsdale Author and Advocate for Women in Egypt and Around the World. On Thursday, Sept. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix will host Scottsdale-based author Alexandra Kinias at the Ritz Carlton. Tickets are $50. Please visit or call 602-258-0990 to get more information and register.

YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix
755 East Willetta Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006-2796
Phone (602) 258-0990 Ext. 15 Hosts Greater Phoenix Job Fair on Sept. 9
Participating companies represent more than 1,000 available jobs in the Phoenix metro area Greater Phoenix Job Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, September 9, at the Phoenix Airport Marriott at 1101 N. 44th Street in Phoenix. Also features free professional résumé assistance. More info:

Chef Dad’s Wisconsin Beer Brats

Bratwurst Sausage Links
1 Quart or 3 Cans of your Favorite Beer*
2 Cups (or one 15 oz. can) Chicken Stock
2 Cups Water
1 Onion (peeled & quartered)
6 Stalks of Celery (rough chopped)
1 Red Bell Pepper (seeded & rough chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (each sliced in half)
1 Tbsp. Black Peppercorns
Hot Dog Buns & Condiments

1) Combine all ingredients except the Brats in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.
2) Heat your grill with outer burners at medium heat and the middle burner on low.  A charcoal grill can be used with the indirect method as well (coals around the perimeter only).
3) Add brats to your pot and bring up to a simmer for 20 minutes.  Do not boil brats.  A low simmer is perfect.
4) Remove brats from pot and put in center of grill. Cook until browned on both sides with nice grill marks.  Remember, low & slow renders the best results.
5) Serve on a fresh, soft hot dog bun with your favorite condiments on the side such as sauerkraut, diced cucumber, onion, relish, mustard, etc

Cooks Note: *A good domestic beer like Budweiser, Coors, etc. adds a great flavor but won’t dominate the taste like a heavy malt beer.  When shopping, don’t buy brats that are labeled as “beer brats”.  We want regular bratwurst from the package or butchers department.