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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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Oct 12, 2020

In this rerun episode of the Money JAR, Jessica Jackley shares her inspiring work on social justice and financial inclusion as the co-founder of the world’s first peer-to-peer micro-lending website, Kiva. Todd and Evan hear Jessica’s advice for entrepreneurs and the story of how her experiences led her to fight poverty. Her compassion and people-centric approach to entrepreneurship have helped improved the lives of millions of people.

Sep 28, 2020

This rerun episode of the Money JAR features Cody Coleman, who found his passion and worked hard. Psychologist and author Angela Duckworth describes Cody as a “paragon of grit.” He overcame significant barriers through mentorship, courage and grit. Cody has used the power of passion and perseverance to discover success – he now holds two degrees from MIT and is a PhD Candidate at Stanford University. Todd and Evan hear his story of achievement through resilience through perseverance.

Sep 14, 2020

In this rerun episode of the Money JAR, gratitude takes center stage. We interview psychology professor Thomas Gilovich, who discusses the headwinds/tailwinds asymmetry and his research. He talks with Todd and Evan about how gratitude is so important and what that means for young people.

Aug 10, 2020

Todd Yuzuriha has been a co-host on the Money JAR for eight years, and he is leaving the show with an incredible number of episodes and hours of advice for parents and young people. Mindy interviews Todd about his experiences during the course of the show, including the story of how he joined the Money JAR back in 2012 when the podcast was just beginning production. Todd also talks about his favorite episodes, the lessons he has learned along the way, and what he wants his legacy to be with the show.

The Money JAR will be taking a short break to adjust the format of our show with Mindy as the host. Please bear with us during this time of transition! We will return with some creative new ideas for episodes as we continue to deliver lessons about family, money, entrepreneurship, work, and life.

Jul 27, 2020

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington held a career speaker series during the spring this year, with hundreds of students joining the Lunch with Leaders program. Volunteer guest speakers brought inspiration to hundreds of students by sharing about their career, work, and education experience. The moderated discussions held via video conference helped students learn about what attitudes and characteristics it takes to succeed and about different career paths and leadership journeys. This week, the Money JAR is sharing an edited version of the interview with professional soccer player Tyler Lussi. Student interviewer Mya Brazile asks about Tyler's life and path to success. The full video of this interview, including a moderated Q&A session with students who attended the event, is available on the JAORSWWA website.

Jul 13, 2020

"Money can't buy happiness" is a common idiom, but how true is it? Todd and Mindy spoke with behavioral scientist Dr. Ashley Whillans about her understanding of what can bring people happiness, especially during a time when social distancing is the norm. She shares her thoughts on finding happiness and fulfillment, and on the value of money and time. Ashley discusses the importance of prioritizing connections and how the pandemic has led people to a deeper understanding of what really matters in life.

Jun 29, 2020

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington held a career speaker series during the spring this year, with hundreds of students joining the Lunch with Leaders program. Volunteer guest speakers brought inspiration to hundreds of students by sharing about their career, work, and education experience. The moderated discussions held via video conference helped students learn about what attitudes and characteristics it takes to succeed and about different career paths and leadership journeys. This week, the Money JAR is sharing an edited version of the interview with entrepreneur Ana Chaud, the founder of Garden Bar restaurant. Student interviewer Mia Kane asks about Ana's life and path to success. The full video of this interview, including a moderated Q&A session with students who attended the event, is available on www.jaorswwa.org.

Jun 15, 2020

Todd and Mindy spoke with an expert on the job search process—Mac Prichard. In addition to running a nonprofit communications advising firm, Mac also started the Pacific Northwest-specific job board Mac's List. In this interview, he shares some great tips for informational interviews and job searching. Our Money JAR hosts and Mac all share their first job experiences and how those jobs contributed to the careers they pursued later in life.

Jun 1, 2020

The school year is coming to a close and families are looking at an unprecedented summer as we navigate a global pandemic, cancelled summer camps, and limited summer plans. Todd and Mindy chat about the opportunities that parents have to encourage their kids to engage in different kinds of communication with friends and family over the summer while managing social distancing. We also share some educational resources from Junior Achievement, including our area's Lunch with Leaders program!

May 18, 2020

This week on the Money JAR, we catch up with Todd's physical therapist, Dr. John Zdor, to hear about this ever-growing career field and how kids can get a head start in learning if physical therapy is something they want to pursue. John also has a few tips for practicing physical therapy at home!

May 1, 2020

People can have wide-ranging interests and tons of exciting hobbies, but what makes them switch from exploring one educational path or career track to another? How can you support a student making that switch? Todd spoke with Jennifer Widom, Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University, about her switch from studying music to studying computer science and how she has cultivated a love of learning throughout her life.

Apr 20, 2020

April is Financial Literacy Month, which makes it a great time to talk with your kids about personal finance. Todd and Mindy spoke with finance expert Kelly Takahashi about the ways to manage personal finances and debt, and how to help kids leverage loans and make responsible choices about their financial futures.

Apr 6, 2020

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Is it something that children are born with, or can the creativity and determination it takes to start a business be taught? The CEO of Junior Achievement Worldwide, Asheesh Advani, shares his experience of receiving encouragement and mentorship, and how it led him to his belief that everyone has the potential to be an entrepreneur.

Mar 23, 2020

Schools and group activities are currently on hold to slow the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. While this is a serious time on a global scale, it can also be viewed as an opportunity for families to connect. This is a great time to engage with your children and discuss their future plans, and Todd and Mindy have some suggestions about how to encourage interpersonal connections beyond technology while practicing social distancing.

Mar 9, 2020

In the midst of Women's History Month, Todd and Mindy discuss the power of female storytelling with Ali Edwards, who began her storytelling journey with scrapbooking and now encourages people to tell stories through all kinds of media (digital, print, photography, and more). They address imposter syndrome, encouraging stories in an increasingly digital age, and feeling confident in your own story.

Feb 24, 2020

Protecting your identity is important to keep your money in your bank account and make sure your credit score isn't compromised. With our guest, Hugh Norton from Visa, we address how to talk about identity protection strategies with your kids to make sure their debit account and credit score are both safe.

Feb 11, 2020

The concept of a personal brand is growing more and more important as social media gains prominence in our lives, but how do you ensure that your online presence remains authentic and kind? Todd interviews co-host Mindy about the techniques she teaches her students for building a personal brand that you want to be known for and how to be mindful of your reputation online.

Jan 20, 2020

After seven years of co-hosting The Money JAR, Evan Wilson is leaving the show, but he is also leaving behind an incredible backlog of episodes and insights on how to address financial topics with kids, the value of young entrepreneurship, and the many ways that kids can prepare to enter the job market. Co-host Todd Yuzuriha and producer Alex Ward interview Evan to discover what The Money JAR has taught him and what lessons he has taken into his own life and parenting.

We also introduce a new co-host, Mindy Lockard, who has served in the past as a guest expert (#141: The Importance of Workplace Etiquette). She discusses future episode ideas and brings her expertise in work-readiness and entrepreneurship, as well as her perspective as a woman and a parent of two teenage girls, to launch a new era of The Money JAR.

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