Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Youngsters Talk about Great Lessons in Money Mistakes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Youngsters Talk about Great Lessons in Money Mistakes

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Byline: Martha Cox

While we know intellectually that mistakes happen to everyone and that our best lessons in life come from our failures, we still hate it when that happens. So when we make mistakes, we tend to hide them. We certainly would never want to stand up in front of a group of people and talk about them. This year's Wi$e Money Boy and Girl participants showed tremendous courage by doing just that.

Even though they are both only in middle school, Deyona Burton and Ben Altman have impressive credentials. Both attend college preparatory magnet schools in Jacksonville. Deyona is a recipient of the MLK Leader of Tomorrow award, a Girl Scout and a four-time triathlete. Ben has already started his Eagle Scout project, is on the student council at school and the youth council at church and is a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

The writing prompt for the Essay Contest is "The goal of MoneyWi$e Week is to teach you how to properly manage your money. Part of being a productive citizen in the 21st century involves being financially responsible. When we are not financially responsible, it affects everyone around us in one way or another. Think about a time when you, or someone you know was NOT financially responsible and made a bad financial decision. If you could go back and change your decision or give someone advice, what would you say in order to turn the poor financial decision into a smart-responsible one?"

With over 250 people in attendance, these young people got up to talk about their mistakes and how they learned from them.

Ben is saving his money for an upcoming school trip to Costa Rica. He's incredibly excited about going out of the country for the first time and wants to make sure that he has money to purchase things from another culture. But when we have money in our pocket, temptation can rear its ugly head. …

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