This week on the NGPF podcast, Yanely is joined by Dr. Nichole Huff, the assistant extension professor of Family Finance and Resource Management at the University of Kentucky. You will hear about the numerous initiatives of Dr. Huff, including the Moneywise program, which promotes personal and family financial literacy in communities across the state. You’ll also learn more about how her background in marriage and family therapy and in family sciences informs her work, given the overlap between financial and mental health. To enjoy!


0:00~1:09 Introduction 1:09~10:50 Dr. Huff’s background and current work at the University of Kentucky 10:50~17:17 Increasing financial literacy in difficult financial times 17:17~23:22 correct language when speaking about money 23:22~32:23 Overlap financial health and mental health 32:23~32:51 A word from NGPF 32:51~39:44 Importance of culturally relevant education 39:44~40:45 Conclusion



“Let’s keep broadening our horizons, let’s keep challenging our prejudices, so that we can pave the way for the next generation of children who can, are, and know so much more than even me or you.”

What is the psychology behind the money decisions we make? Check out the NGPF Behavioral Economics unit!

About the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim’s savings habits started at 7 a.m. when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which lasted nearly a year, led to Tim getting to know the bank clerks quite well (and building a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures include driving a chipper, analyzing compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies, and helping families make better college funding decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to establish a personal finance program and teach at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him. to start a new nonprofit, Next Gen Personal Finance. †

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, where he did an internship through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, he joined the team after graduating in 2020 to work full-time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes it accessible to educators on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. In his spare time, he enjoys trying coffee from different roasters around the world and trying out new brewing methods, although personal finance gurus tend to warn against buying a cup of joe.

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