Youths learn value of saving for goals

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October 24, 2023

About 30 intermediate and high school youth learned the value of budgeting and saving for goals, like a graduation party, at the Maui Economic Opportunity Teen Financial Literacy Workshop, held Oct. 9 and 10 at MEO in Wailuku.

The Fall Break workshop, offered at no cost to attendees, was one of the larger ones for the program, taught by MEO Business Development Specialists Lianne Peros-Busch and Jaimie Dukelow. They covered budgeting and savings, basic banking, applying for jobs, credit and its importance and more. The overarching goal of the workshop was to provide the youths with the skills, tools and knowledge to make sound financial decisions and a foundation to help them achieve their life goals.

One exercise involved creating plans to reach short-, intermediate- and long-term savings goals. Short-term savings goals included purchases of basketball shoes and a baseball bat. One long-term goal for a youth, who was a junior, was to save for a graduation party next school year.

The Maui County Office of Economic Development provided funding for the workshop.

More than 30 students attended the two-day Teen Financial Literacy Workshop at MEO in Wailuku on Oct. 9 and 10.

Lianne Peros-Busch (left) and Jaimie Dukelow, MEO Business Development specialists, teach a Teen Financial Literacy class during Fall Break at MEO in Wailuku.

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