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'Financial Fitness Fair' teaches California teens about money

Posted: September 9, 2009 6:24 p.m.
Updated: September 10, 2009 6:20 p.m.
BURBANK, Calif. -- The California Jump$tart Coalition, a nationally recognized financial literacy organization, will present a "Financial Fitness Fair" on Saturday, Nov. 7 for teens to help them understand how money works and how to make smart personal financial decisions.

The event will take place at Junior Achievement's Finance Park in Burbank. This Fair, originally scheduled for September 19, has been moved due to the impact of wildfires on the area's communities.

"Today's teens live a world that bombards them with messages about spending more and owning more as a way of fitting in," said Karen Anderson, chair of California Jump$tart. "Teens face financial decisions their parents couldn't have imagined at their age. Unfortunately, our kids are given very little information about how to make informed personal finance decisions. Our Financial Fitness Fair will feature financial experts offering objective information to teens - in the current economic climate, providing financial education to our kids is more important than ever."

The Financial Fitness Fair is sponsored by Chase, with contributions from Junior Achievement of Southern California and others. Parents and their teenage children are invited to attend the Fair which will be held from 9 a.m.till 3 p.m. at Junior Achievement's Finance Park location on Forest Lawn Drive in Burbank.

The cost to register is $10 per person up to a family maximum of $20. A morning snack and lunch will be provided and are included in the registration fee.

The event begins with a keynote presentation by Josh Shipp, a popular teen motivational speaker. Although Josh is still in his early 20s, he has written books, toured with Bill Cosby, and hosted a reality TV show. For the past eight years, this California resident has toured the world as a successful motivational speaker sharing his inspirational words with more than one million people.

Josh offers up a healthy dose of what he calls "advice with an attitude." He counsels teenagers on everything they care about and it's all done in a youth-friendly, humorous tone that is more hilarious survival guide than preachy sermon.

"This is an opportunity to help reinforce and expand upon many things that parents are trying to teach their kids about money," continued Anderson.

The Financial Fitness Fair will help teens understand how credit cards work, how to invest in the current climate, what to consider when buying that first car, how to manage student loans, how to budget your money and control spending, and much more.

Similar Financial Fairs are being held in San Diego on October 3 and San Bernardino on October 17.

About California Jump$tart Coalition
The California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a not for profit, Section 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The mission of the California Jump$tart Coalition is to improve the personal financial literacy of California's youth.


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