May 28, 2022

NGPF Podcast: Amy Salamon and Diana Stein of the Student Finance League on the language of money

 How can you get your student to talk about money? Listen to this podcast to find out. 


  • 0:00~0:47 Introduction
  • 0:47~4:50 The beginning of the Student Finance League
  • 4:50~9:50 Amy’s experience in the classroom 
  • 9:50~13:17 Barriers to learning about money
  • 13:17~18:42 Being intentional about vocabulary
  • 18:42~27:01 Engaging with the local community
  • 27:01~27:19 A word from NGPF
  • 27:19~32:06 Making students comfortable with money
  • 32:06~34:32 Engaging parents and students at the same time
  • 34:32~40:06 Teaching and not advising
  • 40:06~41:15 Conclusion



  • “What I focused on with the language of money is just getting everybody in this world comfortable talking about money… The most important thing is to get your students comfortable to talk about money.” -Amy Salamon

  • “I’m going to teach you to be independently resourceful so when you leave I know you have the language and you know how to ask questions.” -Diana Stein


What percent of families have money conversations with children at least once a week? Find out the answer in this NGPF Question of the Day. 

About the Authors

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.

Ren Makino

Ren started interning at NGPF in 2014, and worked part-time through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, he joined the team to work full-time after graduating from college in 2020. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.

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