Welcome to The Money JAR, a weekly show about Kids, Families and Money, brought to you by Junior Achievement. Along with a cadre of guest experts, show hosts Evan Wilson and Todd Yuzuriha pair their unique perspectives with a mild dose of humor as they attempt to demystify the common challenges all families face while trying to educate their children on the economics of life. From money apps for kids to teaching young people how to find their dream job, our show is designed to be a practical catalyst for meaningful dialog, helping families to begin ongoing conversations around the ever-elusive subjects of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and being ready for the workforce ahead.
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It’s summertime and families across the country are in vacation mode. Whether it’s a weekend roadtrip or a tour around the world, family vacations don’t have to break the bank. On today’s episode of The Money JAR, we hear from two travel experts, Karen Dawkins of Family Travel on a Budget and Alyson Long of World Travel Family. Dawkins and Long share their personal experiences of travelling around the world with their families in tow. Our guests share their best money-saving  tips, revealing how families can plan for affordable, yet exciting excursions that will create memories that last a lifetime.

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Summer is in full swing, but the new school year will be here before you know it. If you or someone you know has high school students who may be thinking ahead to college, this episode of The Money JAR is for you. On today’s show, our hosts talk to Lauren Gaggioli, host of the College Checklist Podcast where she helps families navigate the complexities of the college admissions process. On today’s show, Gaggioli discusses the importance of tests such as the SAT and ACT, as well as tips on how and when to begin preparing for the exams. She also gives listeners her top tips on choosing the best test prep method for your student.

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Do you know the average cost of a wedding? Raising a baby during the first year of life? What about the average cost of school supplies? On today’s episode of the Money JAR, we test the financial knowledge of our hosts and explore the average costs of some of life’s most common expenses. Along the way, Todd and Evan share with listeners their helpful tips on how to save some money along the way.

 

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In our country, there is a popular sentiment that going to college immediately following high school is not only the appropriate next step, but a fundamental bridge to securing one’s dream career. That said, is post-secondary education really the single most important determining factor for economic prosperity?  Tune in to this week’s episode as our hosts interview Bob Schwartz, Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty member and co-author of the Pathways to Prosperity report, as they discuss the importance of technical skills in future career attainment.

 

Robert Schwartz held a wide variety of leadership positions in education and government before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty in 1996. In his previous lives, Schwartz served as President of Achieve, Inc., an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization created by governors and corporate leaders to help states improve their schools, and directed the education grantmaking program of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Schwartz has written and spoken widely on topics such as standards-based reform, public-private partnerships, and the transition from high school to adulthood.

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Today’s episode of The Money JAR may have you headed to the nearest grocery store! This week, we interview Erika Welsh and Keeley Tillotson, founders of Wild Friends Foods, a company known for its delicious and unique nut butters. Welsh and Tillotson reminisce about their transformation from college students into contestants on ABC’s Shark Tank, recounting their ascent into successful entrepreneurship. With all of the twists and turns along the way, these two good friends share what they’ve learned and how a few obstacles in the road turned out to be blessings in disguise. This show is great inspiration for young entrepreneurs!

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These days you can’t Google the words “financial literacy” without coming across the name Dave Ramsey. As a well-known financial columnist, Ramsey is perhaps best known for his compelling rags to riches story and rules for financial independence which he shares with millions of people across the country every day.

 

Today on The Money JAR, Ramsey’s daughter, Rachel Cruze gives listeners the inside scoop on what it was like to grow up with one of the most well-known financial gurus of our time, and shares practical tips on beginning a dialog with your children about money. Cruze recently co-authored a book with her father titled Smart Money Smart Kids, and she currently travels the country speaking to teens and parents on how to talk about personal financial responsibility.

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With summer extracurricular activities at the forefront of many families’ dinner conversations this season, and many listeners following up with us about valuable post-June endeavors for their middle school students, we bring you our second episode on the not-so-ordinary summer camp experience.  Listen in as hosts Evan and Todd talk with Junior Achievement (JA) of Oregon and SW Washington’s VP of Programs, Barbara Smith, about their unique, experiential program for kids, JA BizTown Summer Camp!

 

Barbara Smith joined the JA team in 2006 to help them in their pursuit of educating Kindergarten-12th grade students around the importance of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.  Throughout her tenure, she has overseen both in-class and JA BizTown programming, which under her direction, has grown to serve nearly 40,000 local students annually.  In April of 2013, Smith helped to spearhead the launch of the organization’s newest program, JA Finance Park, a mobile personal financial literacy program for middle and high school students.  She currently lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband Brian, three children and her dog, Copper.

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Dubbed America’s Cheapest Family by the national media, Steve and Annette Economides share their story with the Money JAR audience on how they raised five financially responsible kids.  By allowing their kids to earn money and be responsible for their own saving and spending, the Economides are now experiencing the joy of watching their children grow into money smart adults. Through their website, www.moneysmartfamily.com, Steve and Annette share tips with parents and kids on living a frugal, debt-free life.

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Currently, women represent just 24% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce.  Today’s Money JAR explores why women are underrepresented in the technology world.

Hosts Todd and Evan interview guests Janice Levenhagen-Seeley of ChickTech.org and Lydia Dishman- Contributing Journalist for Forbes.com, who share their unique perspectives on how parents can encourage their daughters to pursue STEM careers and what role companies can play in closing the gender gap. Join us for a thought provoking episode as we tackle one of the hottest topics in the business world right now.

 

Lydia Dishman is a Journalist contributing to T Magazine Online at The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes and others. Lydia is a seasoned, versatile business reporter and editor who’s covered a wide variety of topics from arts, banking, construction and law to manufacturing and travel. Follow her on Twitter @lydiabreakfast

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley is the founder and program manager for ChickTech- a multi-generational community of women and girls helping each other to become technology creators. Janice is also an owner and principal of Embla Consulting, a marketing and business consulting firm for small businesses.  Janice has a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University.

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How do you inspire young kids to get excited about earning their own way and working hard to get the things they want? Today’s episode of The Money JAR, guest Paul Nourigat, author of the fictional series for 7-12 year olds entitled, Marvels of Money for Kids, answers those questions. Nourigat takes listeners through his own journey of learning about money, which led him to create this visually compelling and interconnected series that teaches kids skills around financial literacy and building self-esteem. Nourigat also shares tips for parents on how to engage children in conversations about money in a fun and engaging way.

 

A leading national financial consultant and father of three, author Paul Nourigat is deeply invested in the purpose of helping young Americans become independent through financial competencies, life skills and the resulting self-esteem. Nourigat’s newest title No Time To Wander is for adults in their 20′s & 30′s who are striving to establish financial independence; using an engaging, non-fiction style, he lays out the financial essentials in a straight-forward manner, while addressing personal topics rarely discussed in financial conversations. His books are now in homes, schools and libraries throughout the US.

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Your Hosts: Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson
Evan is a senior research analyst and principal at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank. He leads the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games. He was recognized in Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team in the leisure (2005, 2007-2010), software (2005, 2007-2011) and Internet (2011) categories. He frequently appears on CNBC and at industry conferences, and is often quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engineering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.