NGPF Podcast: Three RI High School Students On Advocating for Financial Education
n this special NGPF Podcast, Yanely interviews three high schoolers from Rhode Island: Lila Somvanshi, Matthew Tactacan & Penelope Tejada. They discuss why they are so passionate about financial education which led them to testify in favor of a bill that would increase access to this essential course. Enjoy hearing from these passionate advocates.
- 0:00~1:07 Introduction
- 1:07~5:16 The three students’ backgrounds
- 5:16~10:45 The value of personal finance education in the 21st century
- 10:45~15:57 The process of advocating for increased access to personal finance education
- 15:57~16:45 A word from NGPF
- 16:45~26:00 Experience testifying in Rhode Island
- 26:00~36:24 Impact of HB5491 for future students
- 36:24~44:42 Making student voices count
- 44:42~45:50 Conclusion
"Being an advocate is something everyone should do, whether it be in their own little way or something big, everybody can make a difference." -Penelope Tejada
“What I think it means to be an advocate is to have the courage to stand up for something you really believe in and try to use yourself as a platform to help change other people's lives for the better." - Matthew Tatacan
"Financial education classes help me mature more in my life than any other class or activity." -Lila Somvanshi
About the Authors
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 has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full-time. 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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