About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren is currently a student at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum multiple times, he is able to be financially aware while at college.

Author: Ren Makino

NGPF Podcast: Educator Rob Phelan on the joys of entrepreneurship

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Jan 24, 2020
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Podcasts, Entrepreneurship
You get the sense after talking to Rob Phelan that he must thrive on little sleep. As you'll discover in this podcast, he has quite a few "side hustles" beyond his full-time teaching job at Catoctin High School (Maryland). Our conversation touches on entrepreneurship, the F.I.R.E.(Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement, his favorite activities in the classroom and the philosophy behind the curriculum that he is developing. Listen intently to his "scorecard" concept which emphasizes...

NGPF Podcast: How the Arcade Game PAYBACK prepared me for college: Reflections from 5 of the National Winners of the NGPF PAYBACK Challenge Essay Contest

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Jan 17, 2020
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Parent Conversations, Podcasts, Contest Previous
In this NGPF podcast two part series, you will hear from 11 inspiring high schoolers from across 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 the importance of personal finance in their lives. Student voice matters and these students certainly providing convincing evidence of the benefit of personal...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (January 13-17, 2020)

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Jan 12, 2020
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Professional Development
We know many of you have New Year's resolutions to continue to hone your craft and we are here to support your goals. We have doubled our Virtual PDs and now offering them at 1pm and 4pm Pacific Time.  Attend 3 NGPF Virtual PDs between January 1st and February 13th and you will earn a $100 Amazon gift card.  Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared...

NGPF Podcasts: Demetria Gallegos of WSJ on 9 Myths About Credit Scores

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Jan 10, 2020
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Credit Scores, Podcasts
Everything you ever wanted to learn about credit scores and more. Discover the myths, the realities and ways that you can improve your credit score in this informative podcast with Demetria Gallegos of the Wall Street Journal. Enjoy!    Details: 0:00~1:28 Introduction 1:28~6:10 Utilizing a Roth IRA 6:10~9:05 Learning about money growing up  9:05~11:47 Financial lessons learned from raising children 11:47~14:14 Myths about credit scores 14:14~15:08 Using a secured credit card...

NGPF Podcast: Anisha Reddy, a high schooler on a mission to improve financial capability

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Jan 03, 2020
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Advocacy, Podcasts, Personal Finance
What an inspiring conversation with social entrepreneur, Anisha Reddy! Anisha was featured in a local newspaper for starting a financial education non-profit and on this podcast you will hear about her journey. She will discuss her earliest start-up ventures, why she cares so much about financial education and why every student needs to learn how to manage their money. Student voice is such a powerful force and Anisha eloquently makes the case for Mission: 2030 which envisions a world where all...

NGPF Podcast: Todd Hoadley on how engagement with the business community led to a personal finance requirement

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Dec 27, 2019
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Advocacy, Podcasts, Personal Finance
As a superintendent of Dublin City Schools (OH), Todd Hoadley focused on developing students who are both college and career ready. His engagement with the business community impressed upon him the importance of financial education. Listen to this podcast to hear how Todd led the efforts in his district where every student takes a personal finance class before they graduate.  Details: 0:00~2:02 Introduction 2:02~3:10 Todd’s role and the district he works in   3:10~7:43 The...

NGPF Podcast: Georgetown's Martin Van Der Werf on the ROI of a college education

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Dec 13, 2019
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Paying for College, Podcasts, Research, Student Loans
I had a great conversation with Martin Van Der Werf from Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce. We discussed his center's report "A First Try At ROI" which analyzed  the return on investment (ROI) for over 4500 colleges. He shares the key findings and insights from this report and how families should use this information as one input in the college selection process.  Details: 0:00~1:47 Introduction 1:47~3:38 Considering the ROI of attending college  3:38~5:14 How...

NGPF Podcast: Amobi Okugo is leading the frugal athlete movement

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Dec 06, 2019
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Podcasts
I really enjoyed my recent conversation with professional soccer player, Amobi Okugo. Off the field, Amobi developed a website, A Frugal Athlete, focused on helping professional athletes manage their money effectively. In this podcast, Amobi shares what he learned from his parents about money, his frugal tendencies and how he handled that first big paycheck after signing his professional contract (spoiler alert: there's no Bentley in his garage!). Amobi's commitment to changing the narrative of...

NGPF Podcast: Greg Carson: the personal finance teacher who made a difference in the life of a pro football player

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Nov 15, 2019
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Featured Teachers, Podcasts, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
  "I'd rather live like a prince for the rest of my life than live like a king for my NFL career." “I’m going to sacrifice now for me to be happy later,’’ 'Williams estimates he invests at least 90 percent of the money that comes in via game checks." These are statements that you would not expect to hear from a professional athlete but that's exactly what New England Patriot Joejuan Williams had to say in a recent article.  How did he build these mindsets...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 11-16, 2019)

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Nov 10, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 4-8, 2019)

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Nov 03, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 28-November 2, 2019)

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Oct 27, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Shawn Dilly (Jefferson County, WV) on preparing high schoolers for the workplace of the future

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Oct 25, 2019
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Advocacy
  A big thanks to Shawn Dilly for joining me on the podcast to discuss his priorities as asst. superintendent of instructional support for Jefferson County (WV) schools. Shawn describes the important job that high schools have in developing the skills to succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. He explains what skills he believes are most important and the instructional shifts required to bring these to fruition. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:19 Introduction 1:19~2:17 Shawn’s role as...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 21-25, 2019)

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Oct 20, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Liz Frazier discusses her new book, Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands

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Oct 18, 2019
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
The daughter of a financial planner, Liz saw first hand how her Mom's practice helped families manage their money more effectively..so she eventually followed in her footsteps. In this NGPF podcast, Liz shares her approach to working with her clients, why she believes so strongly in a fee-only structure for financial planners and details some client success stories. In her new book, Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands, Liz provides a "how-to" book to help parents with young children...