Teen entrepreneur and Junior Achievement alumni Kurien Thomas discusses the highs and lows of starting and running a business. He highlights his work on "Pick-Me-Up" through the JA Company Program, which helped him gain entrepreneurial skills and business savvy. Kurien shares his personal purpose and tips for others who want to start their own company.
What workplace skills do you think should be taught in school? What are the pros and cons of traits like assertiveness and humility in the workplace? In this episode, we focus on our central theme of work readiness and hear from a variety of people about what they wish they had learned in school.
From “Once Upon a Time” storybooks to a chat at the water cooler, storytelling is an effective way to get your point across at any age and in many situations. Communication skills are essential for success in the world of work. In this episode, professional storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung discusses the importance of storytelling and shares how you can get better at it.
Teen entrepreneur Jakayla Dixon helped visually impaired people in her community through her project with the Junior Achievement Company Program. Jakayla shares how she recognized and filled a need in her community and overcame obstacles to become an award-winning entrepreneur.
In this episode, gratitude takes center stage as we interview Cornell University psychology professor and pioneer in behavioral economics, Thomas Gilovich. Thomas discusses the headwinds/tailwinds asymmetry and his important research. He tells why gratitude is so important and what that means for young people.
While preparing for their futures, teenagers face many obstacles. One of the most common and often most difficult battles can be depression and low self-worth. In this episode, author Steven Grosso discusses his personal struggles. His advice on managing self-esteem has a valuable message of hope for all young people.
Putting mindfulness into practice can help young people prepare for the world of work. In this episode, Carla Tantillo-Philibert, founder of Mindful Practices and author, teaches us what it means to practice mindfulness and how it can help students learn and get ready for their futures.
Social pressures can often prevent teens from branching out and becoming entrepreneurs. In this episode, Carrie Wilkerson, a best-selling author, speaker and consultant, discusses the barriers that face adolescents and provides inspiring stories and advice for becoming a young entrepreneur and getting results. Carrie shares her stories and tips on learning how to work, market yourself and build relationships.
With technology and this information age, we always hear "the world is changing faster than ever". But is it? Today's guest makes the case this is not true. Todd and Evan interview Professor Robert Gordon of Northwestern University and author of "The Rise and Fall of American Growth". Robert, an influential economist, says US growth is slowing, and this has huge implications for your future.
We want our listeners to dream big when pursuing a career. This episode’s guest did just that – he grew up in a small town in Oregon and went on to become a giant in the music industry. Todd and Evan interview David Metzer, a Tony Award-nominated music composer, arranger and orchestrator who has a long track record of success. David worked with Disney as the arranger and orchestrator for "Frozen" and "Moana" as well as the orchestrator of “The Lion King” on Broadway. Hear from an expert on navigating a career and succeeding in a competitive industry.
Today’s guest has a passion for scientific discovery. Todd and Evan interview Amber Yang, who was awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award in 2017 for her work on a computational model for predicting the positions of space debris. Amber discusses her project, and personal stories related to pursuing science and the representation of women in STEM. From her experience on a robotics team to science classes, Amber has had to overcome challenges to find her success as a young scientist. She shares advice for girls interested in pursuing STEM fields.
More and more we are living in a cashless society. In this episode, hosts Todd and Evan discuss trends in teaching money management to kids. They interview Gregg Murset, CEO of BusyKid, a money app that helps parents teach their kids how to manage their allowance. His company provides a platform for parents to electronically deposit an allowance based on completing chores. Gregg discusses how kids can learn about invisible money, and learn the value of money and work ethic from their parents. Gregg is the father of six and a Certified Financial Planner. He was honored with the National Financial Educators Council’s Financial Education Instructor of the Year award in 2014.
A second in a series of teen-led recordings on performance characteristics, this episode is on the topics of gratitude and purpose, two traits that are shown in research to be associated with success. Recorded as a part of Junior Achievement’s new summer program JA NLX, students are featured as guests as show hosts. Staged in two parts, each group of teens digs into why it’s important to practice gratitude and what finding a purpose means to them.
Teens lead discussion on two key performance characteristics – grit and curiosity – that are shown in research to be associated with success. Recorded as a part of Junior Achievement’s new summer program JA NLX, students are featured as guests and show hosts. Staged in two parts, each group of teens digs into what the traits mean to them and how getting curious, being passionate, and persevering can help you learn and achieve more.
Todd and Evan interview Tina Seelig, a professor at Stanford University and published author in the areas of neuroplasticity, creativity and innovation. An expert on entrepreneurship, Tina has helped others use their curiosity and creativity to make their own luck. She shares her personal stories about being raised by a scientist, raising her own children and her work around entrepreneurship. Visit her website to learn more: http://www.tinaseelig.com/
Her upcoming book is called "Creativity Rules: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into the World" and is due out later this month.
Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google, is an industry leader transforming education with the use of the web, technology, and Google tools. He shares his personal experiences growing up in a family living in poverty and as a parent, as well as his perspective on the importance of education and purpose. Jaime offers advice on preparing students for the future and for the world of work. To follow his work check out Jaime on Twitter @jcasap.
What are the secrets of teaching young people about money? How can you take a student from “I can’t” to “I can”? This episode’s guest has led a decades-long journey to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. Hear from Junior Achievement USA’s President and CEO Jack Kosakowski, who shares his personal experiences and the importance of hard work and life balance.
This episode features rapper Dee-1 (David Augustine Jr.) whose music focuses on being smart with money, paying off debt and more. With an extraordinary background as a student, an athlete, and a math teacher, Dee-1 became interested in teaching personal finance through music. Hear how Dee-1 uses his talent and passion for financial literacy to teach others. Check out his music on YouTube and follow him @Dee1music.
A Money JAR milestone! Our passionate hosts, producer and guests have brought a wealth of advice and insight about careers, entrepreneurship and money management over the past four years. This episode gives a behind-the-scenes look as Todd, Evan and Alex delve into their personal journeys, surprises and favorite episodes.
Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Jacques Hopkins began selling online piano courses and turned his hobby into a business. Former engineer and founder of Pianoin21days.com and TheOnlineCourseGuy.com, Jacques shares his story and advice for successfully building a brand, marketing and growing a business. Check out his videos and learn more at https://pianoin21days.com/ and https://theonlinecourseguy.com.
Find your passion and work hard. This episode features Cody Coleman, who overcame significant barriers through mentorship, courage and grit. Psychologist and author Angela Duckworth describes Cody as a “paragon of 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. Learn more about Cody by reading his story in Angela Duckworth’s Grit or visit his website: http://www.codycoleman.com/
Parents and grandparents take note: new ideas for birthdays and holidays. This episode’s guest Tanya Van Court is the Founder and CEO of iSow, a platform that enables kids to create profiles and set goals for saving, sharing and spending, then share their goals with friends and family. Todd and Evan talk with Tanya about her platform and how it helps kids save more and how it helps adult give more meaningful and lasting gifts.
Learn more about iSow at https://isow.com/.
How do you turn a passion for financial literacy into a program to mentor students? Todd and Evan learn about the life work of Christopher Dunnaville, finance professor at the University of Portland. Hear how Chris learned about investing at the age of 12, visiting Wall Street with his school while growing up in New York City. Chris covers personal finance topics important for every student to know.
Jessica Jackley, cofounder of the world's first p2p micro-lending website, Kiva, and author of Clay Water Brick shares her inspiring work on social justice and financial inclusion. Todd and Evan hear Jessica’s advice for entrepreneurs and the story of how her paradigm-shifting experiences led her to fight poverty. Her compassion and people-centric approach to entrepreneurship have helped improved the lives of millions of people.
To learn more about Jessica, visit www.jessicajackley.com and check out her book, Clay Water Brick.
We love teaching kids about money on “The Money JAR”, but as parents we often need help knowing how to do it. Evan and Todd discuss how parents can improve their financial literacy and teach their children with confidence with Robin Taub, financial consultant and author of "A Parent's Guide to Raising Money Smart Kids".
You can learn more about Robin and her work at www.robintaub.com and follow her at @robintaub