Sep 02, 2022

NGPF Podcast: Yanely Espinal provides a behind the scenes look at FinCap Friday

What's the most popular FinCap Friday episode? How many people help Yanely produce this weekly resource? What are her plans for Year 5 of FinCap Friday? Answers to these questions and more in this NGPF podcast! 

With Season 5 of FinCap Friday now underway, it only seemed appropriate to check in with Yanely to learn more about what it takes to produce this popular NGPF resource.

For those unaware, FinCap Friday brings current events alive for your students every week during the school year. With more than 120 episodes and approaching 3 million student engagements, it's safe to say Yanely's quizzes + explainer videos have become a weekly ritual in classrooms across the country.

In this podcast, Yanely shares why she is so passionate about financial education, the inspiration behind FinCap Friday and what you can look forward to in the upcoming season. Enjoy! 



  • 0:00~2:06 Introduction
  • 2:06~3:52 Yanely joining the NGPF team
  • 3:52~8:44 Source of passion for personal finance
  • 8:44~11:21 First day at NGPF
  • 11:21~14:14 The start of FinCap Friday
  • 14:14~18:22 Thought process behind the format of FCF
  • 18:22~22:28 Keeping the FCFs current
  • 22:28~28:10 Finding current topics to create FCFs on
  • 28:10~28:29 A word from NGPF
  • 28:29~33:25 Favorite FCFs
  • 33:25~40:18 Most popular FCFs
  • 40:18~44:27 Implementation strategies
  • 44:27~46:15 What’s new this year?
  • 46:15~49:48 Questions from the live chat
  • 49:48~51:26 Conclusion



“All those years I went through kindergarten to 12th grade, college… how is it possible I’m so educated but I know nothing about how money works, how debt works, how borrowing works? So I kind of felt a little frustrated and I felt like learning all of this will be my way of getting payback.”


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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