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Financial Literacy and Money Ed

Most decisions we make are in fact centered on our finances. Katelyn Darrow and Andrea Smith host a program focused on financial literacy. Katelkyn shares her experience with getting her first credit card and student loans. She advocates to talk to elders to learn more about financial resources. Whitman Ochiai is the producer of the Money Ed Podcast, a financial literacy podcast aimed at young people that strives to impart valuable financial management skills. Whitman explains to Andrea and Katelyn that strong financial literacy can drastically improve one’s success in life and it is important to gain these financial skills at a young age. As a teen, one’s financial priorities should be establishing a Roth IRA, getting a job, and saving as much money as possible so that they can best take advantage of the power of compounding interest. The hosts read the chapter, The Gift of Financial Literacy by Heather Brittany from the book, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens by Cynthia Brian. Learn as much as possible about investing in your future. It’s never too early or too late to start saving. You’ll have the satisfaction of independence and develop a work ethic that will take you far in life.


Whitman Ochiai is the creator of Money Ed, a podcast series for young people aimed at promoting financial literacy, that is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and SoundCloud. Whitman is a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), where he is the Editor-in-Chief for TJ’s Podcast Network and President of TJ’s Financial Literacy Club. Whitman resides in Northern Virginia with his parents and younger sister Sophie. In his free time, Whitman enjoys tutoring unrepresented middle school students via the program LIFT, singing Italian opera, and hiking. Whitman plans to pursue economics and computer science in college. Money Ed Podcast on Soundcloud:

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