Holly Springs native Jasmine Brown is on a mission to help improve the staggeringly low financial literacy proficiency rates among North Carolina high school graduates and has written a book - The Money Club: A Teenage Guide to Financial Literacy - designed to teach teenagers basic money management within an entertaining storyline and memorable characters. Brown will be at Barnes & Noble (33 Town Square Blvd Suite 100, Asheville) on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. signing copies of her book. “Kids are graduating from high school and college without a firm knowledge of how to properly manage their finances, save for the future and manage debt,” said Brown. “Current financial illiteracy stats are staggering and this lack of knowledge can become devastating to students’ futures. Strong financial literacy out of high school and college can not only help an individual live a more financially stable life, but can also boost their social class mobility. I wrote The Money Club as an innovative approach to teaching personal finance in a way that is entertaining and captures the reader’s attention.” This true-story inspired young adult book is about a high school teacher who is inspired to start The Money Club at her school after one of her students, the class clown, makes a monumental outburst that changes the course of her teaching career forever. Within the entertaining storyline, readers will learn tips on how to start the conversation on finances at home, how to prepare to make financial decisions on their own after high school, pointers on how to avoid impulse spending and tips on how to avoid debt. The Programme for International Assessment (PISA), a North Carolina required assessment test, showed that overall only 11 percent of high school students in the state are proficient in a basic understanding of economics and personal finance. The results broken down by ethnic groups showed disproportionately that African Americans had only one percent proficiency and Hispanics five percent. Currently, personal finance is not a required course in North Carolina high schools, but a new state mandate will require incoming high school students starting in school year 2020-2021 to take a personal finance course. These startling statistics are something Brown has understood for years doing her own research and her own engagements with students as a swim coach. The need for improved financial literacy among teenagers was the motivation for her to start FACTS for Youth and write The Money Club. Brown is the founder of FACTS for Youth, a nonprofit committed to improving North Carolina’s financial illiteracy in young adults through middle school and high school camps and workshops that combine personal finance education, athletics and career development skills training. FACTS stands for Finance, Athletic and College/Career Training Services. All proceeds from the sale of The Money Club benefit FACTS for Youth.
Free to attend; book cost $17.95