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Meet the Network Advisory Council

The Network Advisory Council is a way for members who have completed the program to advise and stay involved with The Network. Advisors who wish to help improve the program, as well as maintain the peer support they gained during Network classes, join the council and meet on a quarterly basis. The Council has four subcommittees that take part in special projects in four different interest areas, all of which improve the experiences of Network members.


The Social Subcommittee works to plan fun Network events and maintain the Network Facebook group. 

The Credit Union Subcommittee works to create a trauma-informed, community-based Credit Union. 

The Outreach Subcommittee works on Network recruitment, promoting the Network, and TANF-related advocacy.

The Advancement Subcommittee works with Network staff to improve the program.

Network Advisory Council Advisors

Skye, a 26-year-old Philadelphia native, has wanted to start a business for a long time, but did not have a concrete idea for what the business would be.  She also has struggled with taking classes because she has special needs, but then she found The Network.  Her Network classmates have been very supportive and helpful to her. 

Lisa is a 49-year old caregiver who grew up in North Carolina. She works as a Home Health Aide caring for her elderly mother. She has three children who are 32, 30, and 17 years old, and 6 grandkids. When Lisa was in the Building Wealth and Health Network, both her 17-year-old daughter and two of her grandkids were living with her.

India grew up in Northeast Philadelphia. She is 24 and has two young babies. She found out about the Building Wealth and Health Network while getting diapers from a Diaper Bank program. She liked the sound of the program because she wanted to begin saving and build her credit.

Robert, 42 years old, is from New York City. He is happily married and has a three-year-old child. He became a member of the Building Wealth and Health Network in November 2016.

Within the first weeks of joining The Building Wealth and Health Network, Porshaetta was able to start saving in her newly opened savings account. Our program helped her to slowly regain her trust with banks. 

Leslie had to quit her job of 28 years due to a serious injury. After depleting all her savings to take care of her children and her house, she was forced to obtain public assistance for support.

Naomi is inspired by black women entrepreneurs as she hopes to become one someday and fulfill her dream of opening her own restaurant. Now she is on her way towards this dream by applying what she learned from The Network to repair her credit.

Melanie started The Network having opened a savings account but there was nothing in it. Her view on saving changed in the “What’s Behind Budgeting & Savings” class where they discussed their budgets, “Pay Yourself First” and ways to save money for their future. 


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