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The Money Jar

Welcome to The Money JAR, a weekly show about Kids 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 the pros and cons of weekly allowances to strategies for saving $25,000 by the age of 25, our show is designed to be a practical catalyst for meaningful dialog, helping families to begin ongoing conversations around the ever-illusive subjects of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and being ready for the workforce ahead.
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Nov 18, 2016

Producer Alex is in the hot seat as Evan and Todd give him the financial literacy quiz developed by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Mixing fun and financial concepts, the discussion explains some basics about interest rates, inflation, bond prices, and risk among other topics. Listen to the show to test your own financial knowledge. Spoiler alert: Alex did quite well!

Nov 3, 2016

Finding your dream career is hugely important for your happiness and your financial well-being. Take steps starting in high school, and Sharise Kent tells us how. Sharise is an internship and career success specialist and author of The Internship Manual: A Step-by- Step Guide to Getting the Internship of Your Dreams. You can find out more about Sharise at www.sharisekent.com and following her @skentcoach.

Oct 21, 2016

In a world where kids prefer texting over talking, are they learning the skills to succeed in life? Todd and Evan talk with Michele Borba, award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books including UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About- Me World. Dr. Borba says teens are 40 percent less empathetic than 30 years ago. This hurts their ability to collaborate, innovate, and solve problems. In this episode, learn how parents can cultivate empathy in their children.

You can find out more about Michele at www.micheleborba.com and following her @micheleborba.

Oct 7, 2016

Do you have a library card? If so, when was the last time you used it? There are amazing changes taking place in public libraries, and they help students preparing for the world of work. Evan and Todd talk with Oli Sanidas, Director for Digital and Library Material Services, Arapahoe Library District, Colorado. He was named a 2015 Mover and Shaker for Education by the Library Journal. Oli describes how libraries provide rich environments to explore, fail, create, and learn. He develops creativity through maker spaces with 3D printing and laser cutters and audio, and video editing. Library patrons learn about the latest technologies and how to apply them. Does that sound like the library you remember?

Sep 22, 2016

Common advice shared on “The Money JAR” is to save money early and save it often.  But how should you plan for you financial future?  As a young adult in his 20s, our producer Alex has a lot of money questions but not many answers.  In this episode, show hosts Evan and Todd provide friendly guidance to Alex in an attempt to improve his financial life now and in to the future.  They advise him how to best choose and use credit cards and how to set aside and invest money for retirement.

Aug 25, 2016

“You can accomplish anything you set your mind to” is the advice epitomized by guest Colin O'Brady. Colin battled life-threatening injuries to become a professional endurance athlete. Incredibly, he shattered the world record for scaling the tallest mountain on each continent and skiing to the North and South Poles. Evan and Todd discover what motivates Colin and share his message to all people as they pursue their dreams.  For more information, go to beyond72.com and follow Colin at @beyond_72.

Aug 11, 2016

We all want to raise our children to be successful. So what are the steps to help them become entrepreneurs and start the next billion dollar tech company? Todd and Evan explore this question with Alexandra Samuel, author of Work Smarter with Social Media and writer of the Wall Street Journal article, "How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg." Alexandra advocates that children should become familiar with social media before age 13 and shares how kids can set up practice business ventures.

For more information, go to alexandrasamuel.com and follow her at @awsamuel.

Aug 5, 2016

Running a lemonade stand is one of the most traditional ways for kids to start a business. In this episode, we hear from 10-year old Jack Bonneau, the founder and CEO of Jack's Stands. He is putting a new twist on the lemonade stand business and scaling it up for use by other kids. Todd and Evan talk with Jack about what motivates him at such a young age and how he is dealing with the challenges of running his own business. For more information, go to jacksstands.com.

Jul 15, 2016

In this episode, we continue our series on how technology is changing the world of work for our next generation, and reinforce the idea that young people need to be adept at learning new technologies and new skills. We give an overview of 3D printing and how it is advancing by talking with Wes Twigg, Senior Research Analyst at Pacific Crest Securities. As a follow-up, we then talk with high school teacher Ryan Hooser and students Carson Heideman, Zachariah Weber and Jude Andrew. They discuss how 3D printing is changing education and their futures.

Jun 9, 2016

Hosts Todd and Evan talk with Adam Garner, Campaigns Manager for DoSomething.org, an organization that has inspired over 5,000,000 teens to find their passion and work for social change. Adam reveals how volunteer work for a cause bigger than yourself can create meaningful results for others while developing personal and professional skills that can be helpful throughout life.

May 27, 2016

Technology is changing the world of work for our children. For instance, most jobs for today's middle school students haven't been invented yet. Students need to be adept at learning new technologies and new skills. In this episode, we give an overview of virtual reality and where it's headed, talking with Wes Twigg, Senior Research Analyst for Pacific Crest Securities.

Then we talk with ITech Prep Middle School Social Studies Teacher John Zingale and students Abigail (Abi) Evanson, Shelby Fisher, Garrett Howell, and Weston Goff who are developing a virtual reality tour for Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

For more information, please visit itechfvvr.org #FVvr

May 16, 2016

How can high school students change the lives of others? Hear the story of high schoolers who created an app to help them stay connected with each other and their school.

Todd and Evan talk with Rachel Gorgas--CEO of CCA Today, the Junior Achievement Company of the Year. She visited the White House in November, 2015 as part of National Entrepreneurship Month.

Apr 28, 2016

A common aim of starting a business is to make money. But othersuse entrepreneurship for social innovation. What does thislook like and how can it be done? Find out how the CEO's lifewas changed by starting a business. Evan and Todd talkwith Joseph Fortuno - winner of the Junior Achievement-MicrosoftSocial Innovation Award. He visited the White House inNovember, 2015 as part of National Entrepreneurship Month. Youcan find out more about Joseph at josephsworld.net.

Mar 18, 2016

What happens when start or grow a business without spending a bunch of money on an office? That's the question that Portland's Centrl Office looks to answer. During a recent open house event at Centrl Office, the Money Jar sent producer Alex Ward to interview the co-founder of Centrl Office - alongside several entrepreneurs - about why and how they do what they do.

Mar 4, 2016

Finding what we love and doing what we love is a dream for all of us as we prepare for the world of work. Evan and Todd continue our series on cool careers by talking with professional musician Bob Reynolds. Hear about the glory and the hard work playing music for a living.

Bob Reynolds is a saxophonist and composer who performs with John Mayer, Usher, and Snarky Puppy. His 2013 album "Somewhere in Between" debuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts. More information about Bob can be found at bobreynoldsmusic.com.

Feb 18, 2016

This week on the show we're changing the format up a bit. Instead of our usual conversion with a guest, we listen in to short interviews with several members of board from Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington. Since we had a room full of successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, we thought "what better opportunity to get their take on what made them successful?" We ask them about what role models they had, how mentors affected their careers, and how they were able to become successful (and of course, what was the best advice they ever received). Enjoy the wisdom, stories, and advice!

Jan 28, 2016

It is commonly believed intelligence is the most important trait for children to succeed. But this is not true. Character traits such as grit, perseverance, and self-discipline are even more important. Todd and Evan discuss the huge implications for parents and students with Paul Tough, the best-selling author of "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

Jan 21, 2016

The Money Jar is back! After a winter hiatus and we're joined in the studio by writer, podcaster, and marathon runner Sarah Bowen-Shea of Another Mother Runner to discuss turning your hobby into a career. Several years ago, Sarah and her co-founder Dimity McDowell decided to team up and write a book about balancing motherhood, life, and running. That book (Run Like a Mother) quickly evolved into a lifestyle brand and multi-media outlet that continues to grow to this day, allowing Sarah and Dimity to run their own business centered around their passion for running. 

Oct 30, 2015

What is one of the most important skill to learn as a teen?  In this episode, we make the case that learning how to get a job and creating your own opportunities are high on the list.  Experience helps in getting a job, but how do you get experience when you have not had a job before?  Natalie Pacholl, Training Program Specialist for SEH American, offers sage advice on how to get experience that leads to jobs.  Natalie also shares tips on improving communication skills, writing a great resume and successful interviewing.

Oct 16, 2015

Getting a driver's license is a major life event and considered something of a rite of passage in American culture.  The milestone can also be one of the scariest times for parents in the course of raising children.  Hosts Todd and Evan talk with State Farm agent John Freeman about how families can prepare for this important time and for what related expenses they need to be planning.  Keeping it safe and cost-effective should be the goal and this episode includes stories and lessons that will help!

Oct 2, 2015

Preparing for the world of work goes beyond reading, writing, and math.  Evan and Todd talk with Eric Preisz, CEO of GG Interactive and Garage Games, why it's important all students learn to code.  Mr. Preisz discusses how to learn coding and potential careers in computer programming.

Sep 18, 2015

Hear the story of daughter Meagan Blaisdell and mother Rebecca Blaisdell.  Meagan dreamed of going to college, and she decided in middle school she would get her associates degree while in high school to save money.  Todd and Evan find out what motivated Meagan and how Rebecca used written contracts to encourage her daughters to save money.

Sep 4, 2015

This week's episode explores an approach to tackle the rising costs of a college education. Todd talks with Mitch LeClair, a technology, transitions, and higher education reporter for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times and a USA Today contributor. Mr. LeClair discusses the growing trend of more students getting college degrees while in high school, balancing the pros and cons.

Aug 13, 2015

This episode breaks down the cost of achieving your goals and dreams.  Todd and Evan talk with Lisa Gillis, Chief Academic Officer for Junior Achievement USA.  She describes the “JA Build Your Future” app, created jointly by Junior Achievement and PWC.  The app guides teens through potential careers, career income, and cost of education.

Jul 30, 2015

Evan and Todd explore the experiences of online entrepreneurship while learning money tips along the way.  They interview Andrew Schrage, co-owner of MoneyCrashers.com, a personal finance website dedicated to educating its readers about better ways to save, spend, and invest their money.

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