We present the latest news from Get a Grip, a youth financial literacy project in which
UW-NL partners with Humanitas.
Managing your personal finance is something you need to learn. The financial decisions
young people have to make, ranging from getting health insurance to paying their mobile
phone bill, can be confusing and lead to all kinds of problems.
Our partner Humanitas, the prestigious Dutch social services and community building
organisation, recently shared with UW-NL its progress report of Get a Grip. The project
supports and coaches’ vulnerable young people in the 16 to 25 age group who face financial
difficulties or are in debt. Volunteers help selected people strengthen their financial skills and
knowledge and teach them to organise their finances with a view to becoming financially self-
To achieve the best possible results, UW-NL currently works with Humanitas in three specific
regions in the Netherlands: centrally situated Utrecht, nearby Rivierenland (river district) and
Kop van Noord-Holland (an area north of Amsterdam). The initiatives in Utrecht and
Rivierenland also receive funding from local government.
At the end of the 3 rd quarter, all milestones outlined in the Get a Grip project proposal have
been surpassed. Nineteen participants were identified and counselled. Three participants
moved away before ending the programme, but they were confident they could manage their
finances on the own. More than 125.000 youth in the age group and geographical location
Matching the participants with the volunteers who were recruited and trained is a work in
progress. The same can be said for the range of collaborations. Apart from UW-NL and
several local councils, Humanitas works with an ROC vocational school, various social
platforms and media personalities like budget coach Eef van Opdorp. We recently added a
new partnership, with Total, the energy company, which will enable the project to grow in
both scope and size. This project would not have been possible without the support of
Principal New York, which offered a three year contribution.
Awareness raising initiatives for Get a Grip have been pursued with great enthusiasm.
Instagram campaigns and a workshop at Utrecht University are just two examples of ways
we are putting this financial literacy project on the map. It is, after all, a nationwide initiative
that will be rolled out in other parts of the Netherlands.