About the Author

Danielle Bautista

Danielle is a native of Southern California and a recent graduate from the University of Maine, where she braved the frigid winters—a feat in and of itself—and earned her Bachelor's degree in International Affairs. She has a passion for working with non-profit organizations and serving populations in underprivileged communities. When Danielle isn't writing NGPF blog posts, spearheading various outreach projects, or managing contests and flash surveys, you can find her doing some sort of outdoor activity, learning a new hobby, or cracking what she thinks are witty puns!

Author: Danielle Bautista

Special Broadcast: NGPF, JumpStart and Champlain College Leaders Discuss the State of Financial Education on NPR

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Jan 25, 2019
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Podcasts, Policy
    Can you imagine a better panel to discuss financial education in schools than NGPF’s Co-Founder Jessica Endlich, Jump$tart's President and CEO Laura Levine and Champlain College’s Director of Financial Literacy John Pelletier? They recently appeared on the NPR 1A podcast where the topics ranged from how personal finance should be taught in schools to the investment in professional development required to run effective programs to how this coursework...

Schools in the News (January 2019)

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Jan 23, 2019
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Schools In News, Policy
Sauk Prairie School District partners with business community (The Sauk Prairie Eagle) “The Sauk Prairie Economic Empowerment Project was created about six years ago with the mission to help prepare youth for college, the job market and social interactions they are likely to encounter in the future. The two-day program is held in conjunction with Sauk Prairie High School economics teacher Joel Chrisler’s [Editor: Joel is an NGPF Fellow] unit on careers. The idea came after a...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To National Winners of the PAYBACK Challenge (Part 1)

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Jan 18, 2019
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Podcasts, Paying for College
In this NGPF podcast two part series, you will hear from 12 inspiring high schoolers from all over the U.S. who were the national winners of the PAYBACK Challenge essay contest. Each will receive $5,000 towards their educational expenses. Each shared what they learned from paying PAYBACK, how it has impacted their college plans and some described the importance of the personal finance course they have taken. You will discover that this group talents extend beyond putting pen to paper for their...

Next Gen Personal Finance Announces Honorable Mention Winners in 2nd Annual PAYBACK Challenge

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Jan 07, 2019
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Paying for College
PALO ALTO, California, January 8, 2019 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit that believes that ALL students deserve access to an engaging and high quality personal finance education, is pleased to announce the Honorable Mention winners of their 2nd annual PAYBACK Challenge essay contest. Over 800 students from all across the United States submitted essays earlier last fall. After playing the award-winning college finance game, PAYBACK, students wrote a 250-word essay answering one of...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks Project-Based Learning With Renee Wasinger of Olathe South High School (Kansas)

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Jan 04, 2019
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Renee Wasinger can be described as many things, most notably as an enterprising, enthusiastic, and energetic educator! If you visited her classroom in Olathe, Kansas, you no doubt would see her TBWA philosophy in action: Teaching By Walking Around.  Whether it's checking in with her students on their projects, creating a help center to build interest at her high school or pushing for universal access to personal finance, Renee's clearly demonstrates her passion for helping students...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Creative Educator Jim Wasserman On How To Build Student Engagement

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Dec 28, 2018
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Economics
  Once an educator, always an educator. Jim Wasserman took a page from his own book—literally!—and now he’s happily living his “third life” la buena vida with his wife (and investment guru) Jiab in Seville, Spain. This renaissance man found a way to jazz up his economics class and boy has he amassed quite the collection of student stories over the years. Hear Jim dive into how his classroom experience shaped his life and be inspired to go back to your...

Schools in the News (December 2018)

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Dec 27, 2018
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Schools In News
Cedar High students celebrate financial literacy course (Iron County Today) “Cedar High School students in LeAnn Leavitt’s (who is an NGPF user--can we note this somewhere?) financial literacy class marked the occasion on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with birthday cake and an extra serving of financial wisdom delivered by Zions Bank employee Megan Hutchinson. “As a nation, we often talk about the state of Americans’ finances in terms of negative news and the many ways people are...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Enterprising Educator Nick Murja of Palo Duro High School (Amarillo, TX)

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Dec 14, 2018
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Credit Cards
Nick Murja’s odyssey to achieving a debt-free life started when a sudden epiphany led him to change the way he viewed money. He doubled down and saved, invested wisely, and even started his own handful of side hustles in order to reach his goal. He publicly announced his progress towards his goal which engaged his students even more! Now this Palo Duro High School teacher is on another mission: teaching his students the financial lessons he wished he knew when he was their age. Enjoy!...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to LendStreet Founder and CEO Jerry Nemorin

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Dec 07, 2018
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Podcasts, Entrepreneurship
From a young, impressionable age, Jerry Nemorin “[watched] family members’ parents play whack-a-mole with bills and debt.” He wanted to change the fate of not only his family but consumers in the U.S. who had experienced the same financial ordeal. Thus, LendStreet was born in the depths of the 2008 Recession, and it has been helping consumers manage their debts in a sustainable way whilst also helping them rebuild their credit score. Hear more about the company’s origins...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Award-Winning Educator Gary Greenwood of Fluvanna County High School (VA)

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Nov 30, 2018
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
Award-winning Personal Finance teacher Gary Greenwood masterfully incorporates real-life financial skills like negotiating and reading the fine print into his classroom. In this podcast, Gary shares the secrets behind his classroom economy which he has honed over the years (Hint: Don't turn in an assignment late in Gary's class or it will cost you in classroom money!) Whether his students realize it or not, they’re building their financial management expertise for the future—and...

NGPF Flash Survey: What Curriculum Are You Using?

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Nov 13, 2018
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Flash Surveys
Whether you're using district-specific materials, searching the internet for your next lesson, or creating your own materials, we know you have a vast array of resources to choose from when it comes to picking the curriculum that's right for your students. We're looking to find out what resources work for you and what we can do to help your students stay engaged, informed, and up-to-date. We're curious: What Curriculum Are You Using?As always, survey respondents will be entered into a...

NGPF Flash Survey Results: How Do You Engage Parents?

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Nov 12, 2018
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Flash Surveys, Parent Conversations, Personal Finance, Survey Results
From parent-teacher conferences to open house night to casual conversations in the grocery store, we know that teachers are dedicated to making sure parents are involved in their child's education. Thank you to all those who took this survey. Your input guides the resources we're building out that will equip schools with resources to connect parents to personal finance.   A few key results to share first: 51% of respondents identify they already assign students activities and projects...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Investor and Educator Paul Merriman

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Nov 09, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
  Paul’s passion for educating others about investing stems from his encounters with people who believed they couldn’t do it themselves. As a successful financial advisor, Paul had an unorthodox strategy to grow his business. He wanted to educate his clients so well that they would no longer need his services (and put him out of business). Needless to say, word of mouth spread about this incredible educator/financial advisor which ultimately led to a successful sale of his...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Money Coach Whitney Hansen

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Nov 02, 2018
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance
  Since graduating from the school of hard knocks, Whitney Hansen turned her hobby into her full-time “jobby.” After paying off $33,000 in student debt in just one year, she sought to help others achieve their financial goals by relearning how to be fiscally responsible by living within their means. Whitney will take you through her entrepreneurial journey and provide insights on how she is able to coach her clients to change their financial behaviors for the better. Listen to...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Financial Diaries Co-Author Rachel Schneider

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Oct 26, 2018
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Current Events, Teaching Strategies
In Financial Diaries, Rachel Schneider digs under the surface and really gets into the nitty-gritty of American's financial lives including their hopes, dreams and struggles. Her poignant stories, including one about a family whose Sunday night meetings help them figure out what bills they can pay that week, will give you a deeper appreciation of what financial insecurity feels like. Financial Diaries laid bare the fact that a high percentage of Americans have challenges predicting...