Oct 10, 2019
Hey NGPF Community!
Welcome to a new installment of Kenna’s Korner!
I'm so excited to share with you all that NGPF is offering additional scholarships in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio! In an effort to provide additional funding to students who need it the most, NGPF has committed to providing not just 2 honorable mention awards in Ohio - but an additional 15 honorable mention awards and a grand prize winner specifically in the greater Cleveland area. That's a total of over...
Oct 03, 2019
Internships, Personal Finance
Hey NGPF Community!
My name is Ikenna Okoro and I’m a new intern at NGPF. I’m so happy to introduce you all to my new NGPF blog series for the month of October: Kenna’s Korner!
Let’s break the ice with a fun game of two truths and a lie! Don’t worry, I’ll start:
I have been awarded over $5000 in grant funding
I am the co-owner of an LLC
My father is a financial professional
While you’re trying to dissect the truths from the lie, I’ll...
Jul 13, 2018
Current Events, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Internships, Retirement
Inflation ticked up in June to 2.9%, the highest level in 6 years. What does that mean for workers? (see Chart of the Week below)
Rare earth metals, critical in production of Americans’ extra appendage (cellphones), come from China. How will the trade wars with China impact this market?
Higher Ed and News for Recent Grads
The state of student loan debt in words and pictures!
Berklee College of Music finds success by bucking the trend and making its Online program a...
Nov 09, 2016
Career, Research, Current Events, Video Resource, Internships
I was stumped by a teacher at the recent JumpStart conference who asked if we had a video that could help prepare students for their job shadow experience. For those not familiar with a job shadow, here’s a brief description (from Experience.com):
“Job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an...
Oct 26, 2016
Career, Question of the Day, Research, Internships, Employment
From LinkedIn (hat tip to EdSurge):
Questions for students:
Which of the skills on the list are you familiar with?
Pick at least one skill on the list and research the following:
In your own words, what does this skill really mean?
What education/experience do you need to acquire this skill?
What types of companies hire people with this skill?
In scanning the top 10 list, how would you categorize most of these skills?
Technical? Non-Technical? Requiring a high school degree? College...
Jul 12, 2016
Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Internships, Employment, Parent Conversations
Answer: About 30% of 16-19 year olds are working during the summer.
From Nate Silver’s blog 528:
Questions for your students:
Do/did you have a summer job?
How did you get the job? or Why didn’t you get a job?
What did you learn from the experience?
What tips would you give someone who didn’t get a job?
More from 529 about the how family income impacts the ability of young people to get jobs:
Young Americans from low-income families have been especially hard-hit by the...
Jun 20, 2016
Career, Question of the Day, Video Resource, Internships, Employment
Have your students answer the question before watching the video below (from Marketplace.org):
Check out this NGPF Activity: Analyzing a Resume and Cover Letter
Dec 01, 2015
Paying for College, Budgeting, Debit Cards, Stocks, Internships, Parent Conversations, Podcasts
It’s Tuesday, so time for another NGPF Podcast.
Thanks to Ren Makino and Sid Sharma for participating in the recent NGPF podcast show. Ren and Sid have interned at NGPF for over a year and have done great work supporting our mission. They are currently students at Palo Alto High School, where financial literacy is not taught as a standalone course but is incorporated into some economics courses in a limited fashion. I wanted to get their take on the biggest money issues they encounter as...
Jul 21, 2015
Career, Paying for College, Question of the Day, Current Events, Internships
With the calendar inching closer to August, which means back to school for many, it’s not too early to think about how your high school students should be spending their future summers. You might want to file this one away for spring of next year. Based on this NY Times article, there are quite a few benefits to summer employment as a bank teller:
It’s a rare summer job that combines the acquisition of intensely practical knowledge and the opportunity to have conversations about...
Mar 11, 2015
Career, Paying for College, Personal Finance, Internships, Article
Here at NGPF, we use a lot of resources from Forbes, the NY Times, and NerdWallet. We not infrequently use videos from MSN Money and Bank of America, and we generate all of our own activities and performance tasks. But then, there are resources that we cull from all corners of the internet. Here’s one of them out of Tri-County Technical College in South Carolina…
Things to Consider in Choosing a Major & Career
What is it? This is a reference material produced by the community...
Jan 20, 2015
Activity, Career, Question of the Day, Current Events, Internships
This might be a good question of they day for your Careers Unit. Being an effective networker helps not only in the an initial job search but is a skill that pays dividends throughout a career.
The article from the Economist highlights the skills needed to be a consummate networker:
Networking is not just for the elites. A study of staff at a range of German workplaces, carried out over three years by Hans-Georg Wolff and Klaus Moser of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, found a positive...
Dec 09, 2014
Career, Question of the Day, Internships
An Australian newspaper raises the question of whether high school students should get part-time jobs. From the Herald Sun:
About 40 per cent of adults do not believe children should combine part-time employment while completing high school, despite experts saying it’s critical to help them learn about money at a young age and prepare for adulthood.
Boost Juice founder and managing director Janine Allis, whose juice bar business now has more than 5000 employees many of whom are teenagers,...