FinCap Friday: Gotta Learn Before You Earn

Jan 16, 2020
FinCap Friday

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In this FinCap Friday we take a look at the state of personal finance education in American high schools. Recent data suggests that there are positive trends associated with personal finance education, but the reality is that it is in a small number of schools across the country and we need to do better! How is our country doing when it comes to providing education about money in school? How many states require this kind of class in high school? Find out in this week's FinCap Friday:

If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap Friday (No Tech) with the questions embedded right into the slide deck.


The general release date for the documentary, The Most Important Class You Never Had, will be in mid-February. Look for it then under Advocacy on the NGPF website at


Check out all of our FinCap Friday episodes here. They're not date-dependent so any of the episodes in our catalog dating back to August 2018 can work throughout the year!

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!