City Controller’s Mentor Program
City Controller Alan Butkovitz developed the mentor program to provide youth of all ages in Philadelphia with financial education and real-life working experience. The Controller’s staff teaches financial literacy to elementary and middle school students and they work with high school students to conduct performance audits.
As part of an after-school program, students work with staff at the City Controller’s Office to conduct an audit of an issue or topic that the students find important to their daily lives. While learning the basics of performing an audit, they have the opportunity to work in a professional office environment and speak directly with staff about possible career paths within the City of Philadelphia.
Financial Education in the Classroom
Through curriculum provided by Operation Hope, a non-profit partner with the City Controller’s Office, staff members go into classrooms and teach financial literacy to students at schools throughout the city. Students learn the basics of creating a budget, saving money and the importance of maintaining good credit. It is an opportunity for students to receive instruction that might not be provided as part of their regular curriculum.
For more information on the City Controller’s Mentor Program, please contact First Deputy Bill Rubin at 215-686-6696.