Jul 19, 2019

NGPF Podcast: Young Professional Preenon Huq Describes Tremendous Impact Of His Finance Class in High School

It's conversations like these that provide such clear evidence about the impact that finance education can have on young people's lives. Preenon Huq benefited greatly from taking NGPF Fellow's James Redelsheimer's class while he was a student at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School  (MN). It's a course that is still paying dividends for him today (sorry but I couldn't resist). Listen to how Preenon has navigated his way to a rewarding career path and how he's giving back to the school and teacher that made a difference in his life. Enjoy this inspiring podcast!


  • 0:00~2:10 Introduction
  • 2:10~7:17 Process of finding an internship and working in the money room
  • 7:17~12:39 Preenon’s personal finance story
  • 12:39~14:56 Giving back to his high school
  • 14:56~15:32 A word from NGPF 
  • 15:32~16:50 Memorable high school lesson
  • 16:50~18:24 Learning about investing
  • 18:24~20:16 Why personal finance is important
  • 20:16~24:10 Important skills to have for the post-high school transition
  • 24:10~26:09 Advice for teachers
  • 26:09~28:27 Getting over the challenge of networking
  • 28:27~29:26 Conclusion



  • “No matter what job you do, whether you’re a doctor, mailman, or even a teacher, if you invest in personal finance you’re going to make it. It doesn’t matter if you make $100,000 a year if at the end of the year you are spending $110,000 or $120,000.”

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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