Financial Mentoring

COVID Response UPDATE: Effective through the remainder of 2020: 

Due to COVID-19, all one-on-one mentoring, counseling and coaching sessions will be held virtually until further notice. Contact the Financial Empowerment Center at or 703.704.6101 to arrange for a telephone/internet meeting. Many other free virtual personal finance, job search services, classes and more available. Click Here for more information. 

Britepaths pairs up families who are referred to us by social workers in the Fairfax County area with volunteers who have the time and desire to help them better manage their lives. The focus is generally aimed at managing household finances, with the mentor teaching different tips and skills. This program is also geared toward giving our clients a sense of control.  With an improved grasp on their finances, our clients will feel more in charge of their lives and be more able to sustain self sufficiency.

As a prerequisite to the Financial Mentoring Program, clients must register and attend a free virtual Financial Coaching session. To request a Financial Coaching session, Click Here, or call 703.704.6101.  Social Workers are asked to submit a referral.  Our staff will track the referral.  Once the client has had a coaching session and interviewed for the program, Britepaths will match the client with a volunteer financial mentor.

We ask that mentors and clients commit to meeting twice a month for a one-hour session. Ideally, the counseling will last for six months or longer. We match mentors and clients with similar work schedules and living/working locations. Mentors usually come from a professional financial background and have had success with their own personal finances. We enlist volunteers with a desire to teach clients new skills, with patience and a sense of humor. Training is provided to volunteers and on-going support is provided to both volunteers and clients who are being mentored.

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Contact: Marcelle Miles, Financial Literacy Program Manager at or 703.273.8829 x333.

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