What are you doing Tuesday, August 4th? I’ll be delivering a webinar entitled “Need help getting your financial literacy program in schools?”

Learn effective ways to get your program in front of the students who need it!

Do you ever struggle to “get your foot in the school door” to provide your much-needed financial literacy program to students? If so, you’re not alone and now there’s a webinar addressing this important topic.

Join us on August 4 for “Best Practices: How to Get Your Financial Literacy Program into Schools,” the third-quarter webinar from the California & Nevada Youth Involvement Network (CNYIN).
In this webinar, you will:

* Learn ways other credit union professionals have successfully entered into schools.
* Understand the time and effort needed to implement a successful financial literacy program.
* Discover how to make your financial literacy program appealing to schools.

The webinar will be presented by Shay Olivarria, a consultant, speaker, and author on finance; Michelle Lawrence, education coordinator, American First CU; and Dhara Sanchez, COO, Inland Empire CU.
Who Should Attend:

* CNYIN members
* Branch managers
* Marketing & Business Development professionals
* Operations professionals
* Training professionalsM
* In-school education CU staff

Meet the presenter, Shay Olivarria:
Olivarria is a consultant, speaker, and author of Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook and 10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money. You’ve seen her in Redbook and read her articles in The South L.A. Report, SquareRootz.net, and HBCU Digest, among others. She’s appeared on domestic and international radio shows and worked with high schools, colleges, and community organizations. For more information on Shay, go to http://www.BiggerThanYourBlock.com.

FREE for all CNYIN members
$50.00 for non-CNYIN members

Sign up for the webinar here.

Explicit Lyrics

I came across this article about a parent complainng about the music played at an afterschool dance in Virginia and it got me to thinking, “who decides what explicit is and who is supposed to enforce it”?

I remember having my mother talk to me about the lyrics of music I listened to, and setting me straight about a few things, when I was younger. She made it a point to explain what the lyrics meant, how they may be applied to me, and how others might view me as a consequence of me repeating those lyrics. With that upbringing, I went on to work in afterschool during undergrad. I distincly remember students wanting to play music that I didn’t deem “appropriate” for them thought I listened to it myself. The argument was usually something along the lines of:

Student, “I listen to it at home.”

Me, “Then go home and listen to it”

Student, “But my mom knows I listen to it. It’s not a big deal.”

Me, “Great, then listen to it at home. Let’s try something new while we’re here.”

Needless to say, I won out because 1) I wouldn’t budge and 2) I was in charge. After introducing them to music that I deemed “appropriate” for them to listen to, I would drive away listening to the same songs that I didn’t think they should have heard. Am I a hypocrite?

When I heard parents complain about the work that educators do/ enviornment that their child is in, I wonder how many of them are adhearing to the same standards at home. How do the kids know to request those kinds of songs in the first place?

Sticks and Stones DO Hurt

I just watched a video that shares how an 11 year old boy took his own life after being mistreated at school. When I heard it, I had to pause…. 11 years old.

This is something is totally preventable. If your child is being mistreated or is mistreating others please take a moment to talk with them about their world view. That may sound strange: kids and world view, however it’s imperative that adults are taking the time to find out what’s really going on in the lives of their children.

We know our kids and we know when there is problem. For those of us that have strong personalities it may be difficult to accept that your child is being mistreated. For those of us with a belief that it’s better to be a bully than be bulied, it maybe hard to tell your child that teasing, poking, and being mean in general isn’t right.

If you are noticing something going on, but are having a hard time talking to your child about it think about your emotions and experiences first. Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Sandwich Contest for Students

I read about this contest on About.com:

Arnold Breads is giving kids the chance to win money for college and for the classroom by sharing their favorite sandwich in their Best in Class Sandwich Challenge Contest.
To enter, submit your favorite original sandwich recipe. Entries will be judged on the basis of their originality, healthiness, and how easy they are to make.

Each of the four grand-prize winners will receive a $1,500 US Savings Paper I Bond in the to use for continuing education and a $5,000 check for the winner’s school to be used in the winner’s classroom. Homeschooler’s may also enter. Check for $5,000 will be donated to charity of the winner’s choice.

Entry is open to students aged 6 – 18 who live in the following US states: ME, VT, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, SC, AL, GA, SD, MN, WI, IA, MO, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WV, PA, MD, FL, VA, NC, DC and NY. If the winner is home-schooled, the $5,000 check will be presented to a charity of the winner’s choice. Enter as many times as you like before May 4, 2009, so long as each recipe is unique.