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

Summer Series: HUSTLE

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Jul 22, 2021
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Video Resource
This week on the Summer Series devoted to money, business and economics video shows and resources, I'm highlighting a fellow Dominican-American from NYC named John Henry. John is the host of HUSTLE a series produced and aired by VICELAND TV. People who know John recognize him as the cofounder, co-CEO of Loop, a new car insurance company that aims to make auto insurance more fair and transparent for drivers. He is also well known for his work with Harlem Capital, a venture capital firm focused on...

Summer Series: Explained by Netflix and Vox

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Jul 15, 2021
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Video Resource
This week on Summer Series, we're highlighting 3 of the several episodes on a special called "Explained." The first season of episodes is available free on YouTube by searching the Netflix channel for the full playlist of episodes. This is great because teachers do not need a Netflix account to access them!    Explained is a series that was published by Netflix but created by Vox Media Studios and Vox. It is an enlightening explainer series that takes viewers deep into a wide range of...

Summer Series: Your Money and Your Mind by Behavioral Scientist, Wendy De La Rosa (for TED)

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Jul 08, 2021
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Video Resource
This week on NGPF's Summer Series, we're focusing on behavioral finance because it is growing in popularity and importance as technology advances and creates new ways to trick us into spending our hard-earned money!    Wendy De La Rosa is a Dominican-American Behavioral Scientist who grew up in the Bronx, NY and holds a PhD from Stanford's Graduate School of Business focusing on consumer behavior as well as a bachelor's in economics with a concentration in management and finance from...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award 2020-2021, Part 3

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Jul 05, 2021
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NGPF Fellows
The NGPF Fellows are a group of phenomenal educators who have attended training with the NGPF team and help us work towards Mission: 2030 all across the country. They're able to offer an "NPGF Personal Finance Student of the Year" award annually to one of their students. The winning students are selected based on the following criteria: Taken a personal finance class in the 2020-2021 school year that was taught by the NGPF Fellow who nominated them Demonstrated outstanding...

Summer Series: Going From Broke (Season 2)

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Jul 01, 2021
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Video Resource
Going From Broke is an unscripted reality TV series about young Americans dealing with large amounts of debt. The executive producer, Ashton Kutcher, makes an appearance to coach some participants to be more confident and the second season, which aired about one month ago on Crackle TV, is hosted by Dan Rosenweig (CEO of Chegg) and Tonya Rapley (Creator of My Fab Finance).   The entire catalog of episodes from all seasons is available for free on Crackle. The first episode of season 2...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award 2020-2021, Part 2

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Jun 28, 2021
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NGPF Fellows
At NGPF, we have an incredible group of Fellows who are able to offer an "NPGF Personal Finance Student of the Year" award annually during their teaching tenure. Students are selected based on the following criteria: Student has taken a personal finance class in the 2020-2021 school year that was taught by the NGPF Fellow who nominated them Student demonstrated outstanding performance or improvement in the class based on participation/academic excellence/passion for the...

Summer Series: Money on the Table by Julien and Kiersten Saunders of "rich & REGULAR"

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Jun 24, 2021
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Video Resource
This week we highlight a video series called "Money on the Table" created by Julien and Kiersten Saunders, the inspiring couple behind the "rich & REGULAR" platform. They're known for the content that they share about their journey pursuing financial independence and retiring early (known as the FIRE movement).   In this series, they showcase their warm personalities, Julien's talent in the kitchen and their personal money stories - all while enjoying a delicious meal and discussing...

Summer Series: Budgeting Tips by Berna Anat

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Jun 17, 2021
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Video Resource
Budgeting Tips by Berna Anat: This week on NGPF's Summer Series, we highlight a series of three videos put together by Berna Anat, also known as @heyberna on social media, in partnership with Aerie.   Berna unpacks the budgeting and saving process for those who may not earn a high income, may identify as first-generation Americans, first-generation college grads, or those who identify as part of a marginalized community such as low-income or communities of color. Berna uses everyday lingo...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award 2020-2021, Part 1

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Jun 14, 2021
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NGPF Fellows
Each year, NGPF Fellows can award an "NGPF Personal Finance Student of the Year" scholarship to a student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in their personal finance class.  This week we're kicking things off with 3 winners who describe the value of a personal finance course and its impact on their lives. We'll continue to showcase new winners each week right here on the blog throughout the coming summer weeks! Students are selected based on the following criteria:...

Summer Series: Banking Below I-30

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Jun 10, 2021
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Video Resource
Special thanks goes out to JaRhondaLynn Cameron, who teaches in Dallas, Texas and brought this excellent series of journalistic coverage by the local news station to my attention!  An investigation reported by WFAA in November 2020, found that 20% of banks in Dallas County don't serve the largely minority neighborhoods below Interstate 30 (I-30). This is an issue that has burdened North Texas for a long time and now concerned community members are beginning to speak out and to report the...

Looking for LGBTQ+ Financial Educators and Influencers To Share With Your Students?

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Jun 09, 2021
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Financial Literacy
The world of personal finance and financial literacy has historically not been known as an inclusive space. It's been primarily dominated by male figures who share traditional advice about financial matters. Now more than ever, we're seeing an inclusive culture forming in the personal finance space and this is certainly refreshing as more Americans, especially more young Americans struggling to find relatable financial advice, can see themselves represented and their experiences and lifestyle...

FinCap Friday: Unsure of Insurance

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Jun 03, 2021
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FinCap Friday
Insurance companies use a wide variety of factors to determine our monthly insurance rates, but car insurance with telematics promises to get rid of these estimators and use data-driven assessments to determine insurance rates instead! What exactly is telematics, and how does it work? Learn more in the final FinCap Friday episode of the 2020-2021 school year! 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...

Summer Series: Making Lemonade with Noa Rodriguez-Hoffman

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Jun 03, 2021
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Video Resource
Last night on NGPF's Speaker Series virtual PD, we had an incredible conversation with Shelley Miles, CEO of the Singleton Foundation and Noa Rodriguez-Hoffman, their Director of Editorial and Community Engagement. These incredibly inspiring and accomplished women discussed their career paths and personal passions for creativity within the financial sector. Noa is a Certified Financial Planner and hosts the series Making Lemonade.  Making Lemonade is a series of conversations with...

FinCap Friday: Pandemic Savings Boost

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May 27, 2021
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FinCap Friday
Next week's episode of FinCap Friday will be the last one for the spring of 2021! New episodes will return again in the fall semester. If you're looking for more video content ideas, scroll down to the Summer Series post for a sneak peek of what to expect on Summer Fridays! - - - - -  Over the past year and several months we have seen the biggest changes to the US personal saving rate. Most Americans never pay attention to this statistic or related details about saving rate in general,...

Summer Series: Adulting with Richard Sherman

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May 27, 2021
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Video Resource
Each Friday during the summer, we'll be sharing some of the incredible video resources you can use in your financial education classes to hook, engage, and entertain students all at once!  First up, we have Adulting with Richard Sherman. This is a 12-part digital series from Million Stories Media that aims to educate people about financial literacy - and it does that, and more! The San Francisco 49er’s captain coaches young people through some of the biggest ‘adult’...