Junior Achievement Podcasts Help Families Talk About Finances

The Money Jar is a fun and informative podcast produced by Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

What’s the right way—and the right time—to establish credit? What are some of the pitfalls involved in establishing credit? And once you get credit, how do you manage it?

Teens and their parents can find answers to those questions and more in the latest edition of The Money Jar, a fun and informative podcast produced by Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington that aims to help families begin ongoing conversations about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and what it takes to find a place in the workforce of the future.

Establishing Credit” is the 33rd episode of the podcast, which started in October 2012 when “a friend of a friend” of Junior Achievement President John Hancock suggested that the organization make financial-literacy information “accessible to whoever, wherever,” says Phoebe Ebright, the organization’s director of development.

Originally a weekly podcast, The Money Jar now produces a new episode every other week. Podcasts are released throughout the Northwest and made available to all of Junior Achievement’s national affiliates. The episodes also are uploaded to iTunes and a variety of talk-radio channels, and promoted via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“We get about 1,000-2,000 downloads a month now,” Ebright says. “Our goal is to grow that to 4,000-5,000.”

The podcasts, which typically last 25-30 minutes, combine insights from guest experts with a mild dose of humor and the unique perspectives of local hosts Evan Wilson and Todd Yuzuriha. Wilson, a senior research analyst and principal at the boutique investment firm Pacific Crest, is a Linfield College grad. Yuzuriha, who retired as vice president of engineering for Logitech, lives in Vancouver and is on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

Wilson and Yuzuriha are terrific hosts, never talking down to their audience and using examples from their own lives to demystify the challenges all families face while trying to educate their children on the economics of life. For the “Establishing Credit” podcast, they chatted with Forbes contributing writer and philanthropist Devin Thorpe and got 25-year-old podcast producer Alex Ward to explain how he’s managed to survive this long without credit.

“I’m starting to realize that I’m going to need it,” Ward tells listeners. “I kinda missed the boat.”

Previous podcasts have covered everything from peer pressure and the pros and cons of allowances to the basics of banking and paying for college. One offered tips on how to save $25,000 by the age of 25; others offered suggestions for family discussions about finances and unemployment.

Episodes of The Money Jar are available online at www.pagatim.fm/the-money-jar/. For more information about the podcast or Junior Achievement’s other financial-literacy efforts, contact Phoebe Ebright at 971.255.4956 or PEbright@ja-pdx.org.

 

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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