Friday, February 24, 2012

How To Not Go Broke [Video]

I just got back from a location shoot in Newark where we were recording a story about Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park with a group of students from Jersey City's Julia A. Barnes Elementary School. The segment we shot today, is actually part two of a two-parter about the financial literacy program. The first part of the story, called "Fiscal Responsibility" aired as part of last week's show.

Through role-playing and hands on activities, the program helps teach students about the importance of having a budget and managing their personal finances. In the words of just about everyone I interviewed, there are a lot "a ha" moments as the students begin to understand how much effort it takes to keep a budget and prioritize needs before wants. The students told me that after going through the program, they had a new appreciation for the financial providers in their own lives. They also told me that, "kids are expensive."

You can catch a repeat of last week's episode Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. on NJTV or watch it online.

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