The Financial Literacy Project (FLP) is the brain-child of two of the current board’s directors— Jessica Greer Griffith and Elisa Downey-Zayas— both of whom decided to enlist the support of the Toll Public Interest Center in order to illuminate the complexities of finance to low-income Philadelphia residents. Under the domain of the Financial Literacy Project, the organization is bifurcated into the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) wing, as well as the Community Outreach wing.
FLPs VITA wing acts as the Penn Law outlet for the ABA-accredited VITA program, and is dedicated to providing the tax-assistance services during the fall and principally the spring semesters. These services are rendered at tax service sites operated by both the Campaign for Working Families and Ceiba. The VITA wing is chaired by both Jessica, who is a semi-professional shark hunter in her freetime, and Drake Glesmann, who is registered and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
FLPs Community Outreach wing complements the service focus of VITA by tendering educational ministration at Philadelphia community centers such as schools. Still in its preliminary stages, the Community Outreach wing is expected to begin its projects in the upcoming months. The Community Outreach wing is chaired by Elisa and Mark Kramer, recipients of the Nobel Prize for Economics and the Medal of Honor, respectively.
Importantly, FLP is a new and well-resourced pro bono group. The FLP board places a premium on the input of the law school’s 1L class, and to this end actively recruits 1L Representatives from its membership base. As a developing group, the Penn Law Financial Literacy Project is administrated as an open-forum for improving its charter and strategic growth: the board grants substantial deference to the proposals of its members.