On April 18th, fourteen high school and middle school educators from around the region teamed up in groups of three and four at the Wenatchee Confluence Technology Center to test out classroom personal finance lessons in a “FinCamp” teacher training organized by non-profit YACET.org of Wenatchee and led by Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF.org) of Palo Alto, CA.
Teachers from Eastmont, Wenatchee, Cashmere, Orondo, Entiat, and Soap Lake school districts attended and rated the event 9.75 out of 10 when asked how likely they are to recommend the experience to a colleague. Comments included: “thank you for one of the best trainings I’ve ever been to”; “the amount of resources you have made available for personal finance is amazing and will be great to use in class”.
NGPF FinCamp training and all Next Gen Personal Materials materials are 100% free to educators nationwide thanks to an endowment funded by co-founder Tim Ranzetta. Next Gen also reimburses school districts for substitute teacher expenses while educators attend training events. YACET.org covered video-conferencing fees at the Confluence Technology Center which allowed Next Gen trainers to “beam in” seamlessly from Palo Alto.
Based on the positive teacher feedback, YACET.org is organizing additional NGPF FinCamps in Wenatchee and will also organize events in Omak and Moses Lake to make it easier for teachers in remote school to attend. Educators, administrators and community members interested in these and other financial education opportunities are encouraged to get in touch with YACET through YACET.org/contact.
A growing group of North Central Washington educators, non-profits, and community members are teaming up with national organizations like NGPF.org and Junior Achievement to bring financial education lessons to kids before they graduate high school and face big financial decisions. Visit YACET.org and get involved.
YACET also partners with the North Central Educational Foundation to fund small classroom grants to teachers in ESD 171. These grants fund classroom financial literacy programs, activities, and materials. YACET’s mission is to promote and foster wise spending habits, financial discipline and fiscal knowledge in young adults.