About the Author

Yanely Espinal

Born and raised by Dominican, immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2007 before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. She spends her spare time making YouTube videos about personal finance on her channel, MissBeHelpful. Yanely also loves to dance, sew, paint, listen to podcasts, and babysit her soon-to-be 7 nieces and nephews!

Author: Yanely Espinal

ONE Month Left to Enter the Payback Challenge

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Oct 18, 2021
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Contest Current
NGPF is awarding $75,000 in scholarships directly to high school students and your students deserve a chance to win! The deadline to enter is just one month away. DEADLINE: November 19, 2021 at midnight local time. Details for how to enter are included below and are also outlined in the short promotional video:     TO ENTER: STEP 1: Teacher Completes Registration Form Once you've filled out the 2021 PAYBACK Challenge Registration Form, you will receive the 2021 Submission...

FinCap Friday: Coins for Kids

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Oct 14, 2021
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FinCap Friday
Did you know that our understanding of what money is and how money works begins at a very, very young age? That's right! Humans have also been shown to be set in their financial habits by the time they're 7 years old! Data also shows that it pays to teach kids the value of a dollar. Perhaps this is why the U.S. Secretary of Education is advocating for early financial literacy education in elementary schools? Find out more about this in the FinCap Friday episode below: If you're short on time,...

FinCap Friday: FAFSA Fast Facts

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Oct 07, 2021
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FinCap Friday
It's October! That means students who are expecting to pursue any form of higher education next year can now begin completing the FAFSA, which is short for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid. What's the urgency to get this done as soon as possible? What else do we need to know? Find out in this week's episode of FinCap Friday, below: If you're short on time, try our simplified No Tech version containing embedded questions right in the slide deck!   Check out all of our FinCap...

The 2021 PAYBACK Challenge is Open!

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Oct 04, 2021
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Contest Current
In case you missed it... NGPF has officially launched the 2021 Payback Challenge with $75,000 of scholarship funding for high school students! Check out the one-minute video below that quickly summarizes the steps:   Note: The deadline is 11:59PM local time on November 19th, 2021   HOW TO ENTER: STEP 1: Teachers Complete Registration Form Once you've filled out the 2021 PAYBACK Challenge Registration Form, you will receive the 2021 Submission Template for your students as well...

FinCap Friday: It's Saving Season

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Sep 30, 2021
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FinCap Friday
It's October 1st! That means that the holidays are right around the corner. For many people that can bring on feelings of anxiety and even stress related to spending and finances. By planning ahead, saving up early on, and using creative strategies people can avoid piling up debt buying food, gifts, and more for some of the most pricey winter holidays. Check out some strategies for saving in this week's FinCap Friday episode below: If you're short on time, try our simplified No Tech version...

FinCap Friday: Money for College

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Sep 23, 2021
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FinCap Friday
Every year, a new group of teenagers goes off to college. But, do they usually have enough money to pay for tuition and other college costs? What steps can a family take early on to make sure that their child is well prepared? This week's episode of FinCap Friday dives into 529 college savings plans, scholarships & grants! If you're short on time, try our simplified No Tech version containing embedded questions right in the slide deck!   Check out all of our FinCap Friday...

This Inspiring Teen Fin Ed Advocate Needs Your Support!

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Sep 17, 2021
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Advocacy
Ella Gupta is a 16 year old high school student in North Carolina who published a book about money for her peers in Gen Z, called Gen Z Money $ense.    Aside from being a young author, Ella is championing financial education and creating a movement called "Fin Ed for All" which she is posting content on social media to promote with the hashtag #finedforall.    Students and teachers can sign the petition today to demand a guaranteed full semester of personal finance in high...

FinCap Friday: Entrepreneurship On The Rise

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Sep 16, 2021
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FinCap Friday
It's the first week of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month and we dive into that in the episode below. We look at the trend line for entrepreneurship in the Latinx community and also the details regarding working Latinas, specifically. Fun Fact: All throughout the coming weeks, NGPF will be highlighting Latinx and Hispanic voices on the blog and in Virtual PDs. You can also find themed Question of the Day resources and blog posts that you can use in the classroom with students! For the answers to...

FinCap Friday: Crypto Going Global?

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Sep 09, 2021
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FinCap Friday
In the news this week, El Salvador made headlines for a major cryptocurrency law. El Salvador is officially the first country in the world to make this specific cryptocurrency move. Other countries have laws regarding cryptocurrencies, but none have done with the Salvadorian government did this week. Find out what the major move was and why this was such a big deal in the world of finance with this week's episode of FinCap Friday below: If you're short on time, try our simplified No Tech...

Using NGPF's Teaching Remotely/Virtual Adaptations Resources

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Sep 07, 2021
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Teaching Remotely
Returning from Labor Day Weekend, we're aware that many teachers are still in need of remote teaching resources due to a variety of reasons. Please note the following: 1) For NGPF Activities that have a virtual adaptation available, you will see a link in the top right corner of the google doc. (See image below.) There are blog posts dedicated to explaining how you can modify the activity for a virtual learning environment.  2) The Teacher Toolkit has a section dedicated entirely to remote...

FinCap Friday: When Water Does Damage

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Sep 02, 2021
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FinCap Friday
This week on FinCap Friday we take a look at how recent natural disasters impact the financial lives of Americans. Many homeowners and renters alike were shocked to find out that certain things are not covered by their existing insurance policies. This underscores the importance of reading the fine print and being familiar with your policy details, but also asking questions before agreeing. Dive into this week's episode below: If you're short on time, try our simplified No Tech version...

Big News from NGPF + Kahoot!

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Aug 30, 2021
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Financial Literacy
Just in time for back to school, NGPF has joined Kahoot! Academy as an official partner! What does this mean for teachers?  You can now visit the official NGPF partner page to access all NGPF quizzes hosted on the Kahoot! platform You can find curated collections of financial quizzes created by NGPF there also You can spread the word by sharing the tweet linked below or this press release For years, NGPF has been creating financial quizzes on the Kahoot! platform that align to activities...

FinCap Friday: The Great Resignation

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Aug 26, 2021
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FinCap Friday
It seems like everywhere you go there is a "for hire" sign up! This is not just your imagination - it's "The Great Resignation." This new phrase has been popping up everywhere, just like those signs. As the post-pandemic transition begins and people are getting invited back to their office and places of work after over a year of many employees working remotely, it now seems that many people would rather quit their jobs than resume the “old normal” of clocking in and out daily....

FinCap Friday: Financial FOMO

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Aug 19, 2021
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FinCap Friday
NGPF's FinCap Friday is back for the 2021-2022 school year and we're kicking things off with our favorite, brand new unit: Behavioral Economics! With the fall fast-approaching, countless articles, news and media coverage is focusing on FOMO - the fear of missing out.   At the early stages of the pandemic, FOMO died down because it's hard to feel jealous of someone stuck quarantining at home. Now that people are beginning to feel more comfortable socializing and traveling, FOMO is back...

Summer Series: CNBC's Millennial Money

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Aug 12, 2021
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Video Resource
This week is the final Summer Series post of the 2021 summer! As sad as we are to see this video series come to an end, we are super excited to bring back FinCap Friday video series starting next week!   CNBC's Millennial Money is an interview series profiling millennials in different cities and at different income levels. The interviews dive deep into conversations about how they make, spend and save their money. It shows a wide variety of young people from diverse...