May 04, 2015

Next Gen Personal Finance Announces Winners of Its 2015 Financial Literacy Month Contest

Palo Alto, CA –May 4, 2015 — Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), an educational non-profit striving to improve financial literacy, is pleased to announce the winners of it’s First Annual Financial Literacy Month Contest.  NGPF received an excellent response from high school and college personal finance educators throughout the United States, receiving over forty entries in two categories:  “Best Personal Finance Resource” and “Best Personal Finance Activity.”

Each of the five winners in the “Best Resource” category will be receiving $100 from NGPF and will be featured in an upcoming NGPF blog post.  In this category, teachers were asked to describe their favorite personal finance resource and why their students loved it.  The winners are:

  • Louise Biron, Director of Financial Aid at SUNY-Cobleskill, produced an original video to teach students how to manage their student debt successfully to avoid default.
  • Kelly Boyer, a Special Education teacher at South Brunswick High School in Monmouth Junction New Jersey, recommended Money Instructor, which provides her students with the lessons, vocabulary and activities that are central to her course.
  • Alex Lamon, an Economics and Business Teacher at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, uses Financial Football, which uses engaging game mechanics to provide his students with a comprehensive review of financial literacy topics.
  • Tara Schoeny, an Economics/Personal Finance Teacher at Sycamore High School in Montgomery, Ohio, uses the FAFSA 4Caster tool to encourage the conversation between her students and their parents about how they are going to pay for college.

Each of the “Best Activity” award winners will be receiving $500 from Next Gen Personal Finance and will be featured in an upcoming NGPF blog post.  Their original activities are creative, teach key personal finance skills and provide supports that make them easy for other educators to implement in the classroom.

  • Barbara O’Neill, a Finance Professor at Rutgers University, has created real-life personal finance case studies that serve as a capstone project for her students.  As she described in her proposal, this teaching method develops critical thinking skills and helps her students see financial planning as a holistic process, in which personal finance topics are interconnected.
  • Jonathan Toczynski and Danielle Sawyer, Financial and Business Literacy teachers at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Iselin, New Jersey, created a Cost of Living Project, in which students create a real-life budget impacted by decisions they make about where they live and the career they choose.  Students also conduct their own research to determine their cost of housing and transportation.

NGPF would like to thank all the educators who took the time to share their favorite resources and activities with us. We received a large number of excellent entries that demonstrate the commitment of personal finance educators to find and develop engaging curricula for their students.


About Next Gen Personal Finance

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is a non-profit organization that believes all young people deserve a free, quality education to develop their financial capability. We have spent thousands of hours curating the best personal finance resources from the web so you don’t have to. Next Gen Personal Finance now provides the following free content to educators:

  • Lesson Library:  Over 70+ lessons and growing
  • Activity Bank:  Click the tab titled “Activity Bank” along the left-hand side to find 85+ interactive exercises.
  • NGPF Blog: Updated daily, provides you with case studies, questions of the day and finds creative ways to incorporate current events into your classroom.

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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