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Apply to join the ReLeaf Financial staff for the Winter 2014 term as we build student-focused financial services.

Our social enterprise startup requires a broad range of talents and perspectives. We are seeking applicants who are enthusiastic, diligent, resourceful, and good communicators.
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Do you want an opportunity to learn how to manage your personal finances from experienced professionals? Attend our Personal Finance Panel event in collaboration with UWFA to learn valuable investment and savings tips from professional guest speakers. Topics of discussion will include budgeting, post graduation finances, money saving and personal investments.

The Panel is a discussion-based event, so come prepared with all your personal finance questions.

Personal Finance Panel
Thursday, November 14, 5:30p.m.
UW AL116

Learn to make your money work for you and attend the UWFA-ReLeaf Personal Finance Panel. Be sure to fill out the Registration Form. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Save more today for more money tomorrow

It may not occur to students to consider how much their current financial choices will affect future wealth. Students face many financial challenges, and Canadian post-secondary students graduate with an average $26,000 of debt.

It may not be feasible to graduate with no debt, but we make it our mission to help you graduate with as little debt as possible. Small savings now have been proven to accumulate to significant amounts of money in the future and have the potential to immensely impact your future life. Below is an image depicting three net worth trajectory paths resulting from students’ savings throughout their post-secondary education.

Model of Net Worth Trajectory

From this image, it is easy to see that the difference between the lowest trajectory path and the highest trajectory path during post-secondary education is relatively small. Small changes in your current financial management have the potential to drastically increase your future net worth. From this we can recognize the importance of developing your financial knowledge and learning how to better manage your finances during your university life. Attend our educational events in order to learn about the changes you can make today in order to move to a higher trajectory path and achieve your money goals.

Be sure to stay tuned for the dates of our next educational event, and check out our About Page or find us on Facebook and Twitter @ReLeafFinancial in order to learn more about managing your finances.

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2013-09Fall ReLeaf Financial Atrium News Article

Atrium Media Group featured ReLeaf Financial in the Atrium Magazine, “ReLeaf-ing Your Financial Burden.” Atrium magazine is the official publication of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics.

“The vision, as Ryan puts it, ‘is to manage our resources well so that we can have more [financial] freedom and choices in the future.’ A quote from Warren Buffett can be found in their website that reads ‘Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago.’ That is the philosophy ReLeaf hopes to instil.”
“ReLeaf-ing Your Financial Burden” Invent Your Future Atrium Magazine

ReLeaf Financial is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help students graduate with more money, less debt and better financial skills.

In the words of Atrium Magazine, “So what are you waiting for? It is time to make sense of the choices you make and graduate with lower debt, or as debt free as possible.”

If you are interested in learning more about us and the services we have to offer check out our About Page, find us on Facebook and Twitter @ReLeaf Financial.

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ReLeaf Financial Student Finance Launchpad

We invite students to attend the ReLeaf Financial | Financial Launchpad workshop. We are a not-for-profit organization run by students from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, so we are excited to offer this workshop to you completely free of charge.

Our student staff recognizes your specific financial needs, and we can help you learn to manage your money better in order to reach your goals and succeed. This will allow you to spend less time stressing about money, and more time enjoying your university experience and focusing on your studies. We can also help you graduate with more resources, which will provide you with more opportunities to achieve success.

At the Financial Launchpad workshop, we will offer our expertise and advice to help you set financial goals and prepare a plan to manage your money throughout university, as well as after graduation.

Financial Launchpad Part 1
Tuesday, October 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
UW MC2035 UW MC2054

Financial Launchpad Part 2
Thursday, October 17, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
UW MC2035

If you are interested in attending the Financial Launchpad event and learning how to manage your finances, fill out the registration form. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Welcoming our new Fall 2013 staff

ReLeaf Financial new Fall 2013 staff

We are excited to welcome twelve new staff for the Fall 2013 term. We would like to introduce Susan, Ala, Cherry, Stefan, Elsa, Amy, Thomas, Chu, Laura, Vicky, Ahilan, and Sneha. These students come from both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. They possess a wide range of qualities and skills that add value and are important for the success of ReLeaf Financial.

Feel free to approach any of our staff if you see us around campus to find out more about ReLeaf Financial or simply to just get to know us. If you are interested in gaining valuable experience by joining our team, keep your eyes open for position openings for Winter 2014 towards the end of this term.

If you are interested in learning more about ReLeaf Financial, check out our About page, or find us on Facebook and Twitter @ReLeafFinancial .

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Apply to join the Waterloo Banking Project/ReLeaf Financial staff for the Fall 2013 term as we build student-focused financial services.

Our social enterprise startup requires a broad range of talents and perspectives. We are seeking applicants who are enthusiastic, diligent, resourceful, and good communicators.
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Learn how money can work for you! Come learn and share your experiences at our Saving & Investing Roundtable.

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Student Finance Roundtable | Saving & Investing
Monday July 22, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UW EV3-4408

Please register  for the session at the follow the link:
http://waterloobanking.com/2013/07/16/roundtable-discussion-saving-and-investing-form-for-spring-2013/

Waterloo Banking Project hosts series of roundtable discussions on student finance issues. During the roundtable session, students will be introduced to concepts to better structure their finances, as well as opening up the floor for students to discuss collaborate and discuss on personal financial perspectives and problems. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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2013 Spring ReLeaf logo

Supporters of our initiative to help students with their financial challenge may have noticed that we have begun to use another name in some of our activities, ReLeaf Financial.

That change is part of a transition we are making between our development organization and our operational entity. Our efforts with our not-for-profit Waterloo Banking Project are focused on the creation of student-focused financial services, but not their operation.

Our name Waterloo Banking Project was appropriate for our startup efforts, but had shortcomings with respect to the business we envisioned. The name “Waterloo” may suggest the University of Waterloo rather than the city and the region. It is also geographically limiting in the event that we expand our student finance movement to other campuses in Ontario or across Canada. The word “Banking” could suggest an institution under the Banking Act, whereas we plan to operate in partnership with a credit union. Finally, “Project” may be taken to mean a time-limited endeavour, rather than the lasting service we plan.

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News release
Thursday 20 June 2013

ReLeaf Financial helping high school grads succeed with its financial skills course

A student initiative to create student-focused financial services is helping high school graduates prepare financial plans for when they go to college or university this year. ReLeaf Financial is offering a two-part course in July to help students learn about budgeting, create a financial plan, and monitor their progress.

The ultimate goal of the financial service is to help students succeed.
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