Yesterday, what stood out for me at LNWM’s workshop for teens was this: How tuned in the kids were, thinking long and hard to answer some really tough questions about themselves:
***What are my values?
***How do my values relate to my goals?
***What are my tendencies when it comes to money – i.e. my money personality?
Answering these questions is hard for anyone. But it’s important to do, because the answers serve as guide stars – what you want to accomplish with your money. Money, after all, is a means to an end. So here at LNWM, we teach kids about money in context of who they are, what they and their families value, strive for, and believe in. The Seattle Foundation, LNWM’s partner in these workshops, got the kids to think about giving, in addition to spending, saving and investing.
Some new features this year: (1) The Seattle Foundation’s mini grant-making Board, requiring the teens to put their values into action. The kids debated and decided which of three non-profits would get an actual grant from LNWM and The Seattle Foundation. (2) A “College & Beyond” section focused on jobs, living on your own, and even saving for retirement.
Hooray! to all our presenters (in the photo): Top L-R: LNWM’s Carl Lindgren, Alex Hamm, Brian Burgess, Monica Padineant and the Seattle Foundation’s Ruel Olanday. Front (L-R): Katie Donnelly (Seattle Foundation); Breahna Wilson (LNWM).
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