About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren is currently a Freshman at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He plays rugby for his college and enjoys living on the East Coast. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum a couple of times, he budgets in college better than his peers. He edits the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers. You will probably see his name time to time on the NGPF forum where he actively replies to forum posts.

Author: Ren Makino

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Colorado Changemakers Debbie Pierce and Alyssa Wooten

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Jan 11, 2019
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Podcasts, Policy, Professional Development
States legislators and education leaders make decisions to emphasize financial education but then what? Anyone experienced in education or business, for that matter, knows that success requires keen attention to detail when it comes to implementation of a new program. Debbie Pierce from Economic Literacy Colorado and Alyssa Wooten from the Colorado Dept. of Education have teamed up to both increase access and improve the personal finance instruction taught in Colorado schools. Listen as they...

What I Learned In My First Year of College: Words of Wisdom from Ren Makino, NGPF Intern

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Jul 27, 2017
I have always thought I was pretty good with my finances: I learned a lot going through the NGPF curriculum during my 3 years here. I am also the editor of the “Tim Talks To..” podcast so I have listened to every single financially smart person that joined a podcast with Tim.   When I turned 18, I had a lot going on with my financial life… Applied for my first credit card  Bought stocks on Robinhood. Closed my Wells Fargo account because they started charging me a fee because I did...