Nov 04, 2022

NGPF Podcast: Neziah, Ella, Jakob and Jasper discuss student advocacy and the Real World Class Documentary

How are students leading the movement for financial education? Listen to this amazing panel of student advocates to find out. 
Yanely leads this amazing panel discussion with student advocates who star in the NGPF documentary, Real World Class. You will hear how Neziah Osayi, Ella Gupta, Jakob Diepenbrock, and Jasper Carter channeled their passion for financial education and made a difference in their schools, their communities, their states and nationally. Enjoy! 



  • 0:00~1:20 Introduction
  • 1:20~5:41 Student introductions
  • 5:41~8:20 Neziah’s experience at college
  • 8:20~11:28 Jakob’s involvement in his college’s investing club
  • 11:28~16:23 Ella on balancing college applications while hosting workshops
  • 16:23~21:13 Jasper’s tips to make personal finance engaging and her day-to-day life
  • 21:13~24:22 On making personal finance interesting
  • 24:22~26:56 Teaching investing early
  • 26:56~30:48 Youth-driven movement for increased access to personal finance
  • 30:48~34:21 Importance of investing in yourself 
  • 34:21~42:53 Making personal finance something students will be interested in
  • 42:53~46:33 How you can support these students
  • 46:33~48:12 Conclusion



  •  "The fact that so many young people came together to be passionate about a subject that people think that we don't care about, that's already a win in of itself" -Neziah

  • “Seeing movements like the climate change movement and how youth have really taken the mantle on that I have a similar hope for personal finance and even if it may not be initially successful, just plugging on and getting more youth involved... is still critical." -Ella

  • "Before you want to go and invest in stocks, you want to go and invest in yourself first." -Jasper

  • "Kids want to learn about something that benefits them now... Focus [also] on things that are fun, things that you can use in the short term" -Jakob


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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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