Civil Servant of the Week: FBISD Social Worker pens book on financial literacy, success
A double celebration is nearing for Fort Bend ISD social worker, Janice Little, who on Sept. 20 will celebrate her graduation and book release. Little will receive her Doctor of Management Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix early that afternoon and will release her new book, The Graduate’s Gift, later that evening.
“Janice is a whirlwind of energy, vitality, and enthusiasm,” said Sandra Thomas, retired FBISD social worker. “Her ideas for programs and projects flow profusely. More importantly, she has a love for children beyond compare and a knack for knowing what gives them the extra encouragement to help them succeed.”
While completing her dissertation on The Effects of a Financial Literacy Intervention on Teachers’ Financial Literacy, Awareness, and Advocacy, Little was also writing her second book. Her first book, The G.O.O.D. Diva’s Journal, teaches readers how to get out of debt. In her recent book, she uses a baseball analogy to share the four bases for success.
When asked which excites her more – earning her degree or completing the book – Little replied, “I’m equally overjoyed by both accomplishments because I know that each will help fulfill my passion to serve the community and promote college and career readiness among youth.”
Helping youth succeed is a passion of hers. Little is founder of Kids Money Klub After-School Program and Kids’ Money Mart, two programs that teach youth financial responsibility. She has also led teams for participating in the CSTEM International Challenge and National Stock Market Game Competition, and has been active in the Failing Forward Leadership Project, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, Beautiful Me, Black Enterprise Kidpreneur Konference and DOW Chemical Company’s Career Exploration Day.
Some of her honors include: 2014 Apple Core Teacher Academy Graduate, 2007 Texas Top Partnership Liaison, 2004 Cyberwize Star Award recipient and 2002 Texas School Social Worker of the Year.
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