I am Grace McKenzie, Associate Director of Family Partnership. I am a Berea alum and a first-generation college student. My work focuses on programs that helps you access resources that are available in our counties, particularly financial and educational resources. Some of our financial programing includes Financial Literacy Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T.) programs, Financial Empowerment Conferences, and expanding Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.) in our service region. VITA sites allow families who make less than $52,000 to get their taxes done for free by trained volunteers. We know that helping keep money in your pocket is important for your family’s needs and we want to find ways to help you do this. Our Financial Literacy FAST programs and our Family Empowerment Conferences are tied to stipends because we understand that it costs you, in gas money and time, to attend and we hope to offset those financial burdens when it is possible. We also know that finances and education are inseparably linked and we hope our students and their parents will see college as a financial possibility. We look forward to working together with each and every one of our students and families!