Community Action’s Opportunity Passport™ program is a package of resources to empower young people to become successful adults, operated in partnership with the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s Project Everlast program. The program allows youth to save and receive a match funding amount specified for their type of purchase.
In addition to earning match dollars, participants complete financial empowerment classes to support meeting daily financial needs and long-term goals. They also receive additional training before purchasing an asset. This training agreement provides Opportunity Passport™ participants with the necessary resources for continued success following completion of Community Action’s program.
Am I Eligible?
Young people between the ages of 14 and 26, who have been or currently are in foster care, are eligible to enroll in Community Action’s Opportunity Passport™ program.
How Does an Opportunity Passport™ Savings Match Work?
Over the course of their time in the program, Opportunity Passport™ participants can receive up to $6,000 in matched savings from Community Action to use toward their asset-specific purchase. Combination of match rate and type may vary. Multiple matches can be made.
For answers to additional questions about the match process, contact Opportunity Passport staff.
How Can I Use My Opportunity Passport™ Savings Match?
Participants can use 3:1 savings match (eg. participant saves $2,000, program provides $6,000) for a vehicle purchase, including insurance and registration. 2:1 matches are available for living and asset-specific costs such as housing, medical expenses, education, debt reduction, and investments. A 1:1 match is available for participant-specific needs for purchases that support stability.
In addition, program participants receive referrals and active case management. This may include assistance with opening personal bank accounts and establishing or re-establishing personal credit.
Want to Know More?
If you are interested in enrolling in Opportunity Passport™ or have further questions about the program, please contact:
Sara Drueke (she, her, hers)
Opportunity Passport Coordinator