Financial literacy program seeks to ‘sucker-proof’ children by helping them be money wise

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Review BeMoneySmartUSA workshop dates from November 2010 through May 2011 and register.

Our children can easily be overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness in our world with cyber-powered headlines about a depressed housing market, tight credit market, foreclosures, and stubborn unemployment levels (with statistics and real life experience that include long periods of joblessness for many professionals).

When my own 18-year-old expressed sincere dismay during the passage of debt-funded stimulus and heath care programs that we are spending money he had not even had a chance to start earning, I realized our children are very aware that how we as a society respond to this ‘too big to fail’ crisis impacts their future.

Marie Hall, Executive Director BeMoneySmartUSA

Marie Hall, Executive Director of BeMoneySmartUSA wants to instill in youth the wisdom and knowledge required to build wealth to make their financial future secure.

Ultimately Hall’s aim is to “Sucker-proof” children by instructing them to be money wise, and to think for themselves about what is a good return, not what some big institution tells them.

“I want our youth to know that the past, the current crisis does not define their future. With instruction and good information about how not to become a victim of predatory practices our kids can take charge of their own finances,” Hall said.

BeMoneySmartUSA offers one-day workshops, wherein teen participants will enjoy a fast-paced tour of the steps and strategies to financial fitness and entrepreneurial success.

Parents are welcome to attend.

Attendees participate in hands-on activities, games and contests that demonstrate the importance of wise financial planning now and for their future. Students will learn how to be wiser consumers, gain insight to banking, budgeting, saving, investing and credit cards using successful strategies adopted by entrepreneurs. The goal of these free workshops is to provide the next generation with the opportunity to participate in interactive education programs that teach financial literacy, business concepts, and entrepreneurship skills.

Review workshop dates from November 2010 through May 2011 and register.


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Joanna Jullien

Joanna married her high school sweetheart and over the  past 25 years they have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from UC Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture) and has over 20 years experience as a professional manager in information technology, manufacturing, energy and environment.

Joanna writes on parenting in the 21st century, as she has observed and personally experienced many strains on the parent-child relationship with the advent of the Internet, mobile phones and popular culture.

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.