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Twenty teens packed the Maui Economic Opportunity classroom on October 5, for the last day of the two-day financial literacy course for teens. — MEO’s photo

Twenty middle and high school youth were introduced to the basics of personal finance and budgeting at Maui Economic Opportunity’s two-day teen financial literacy workshop on October 3-5.

The instructors were Lianne Peros-Busch of the MEO Business Development Center and Jaimie Dukelow of the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. The Maui County Office of Economic Development provided funding for the workshop, which was offered at no cost.

“The main objective of the workshop is to provide young people with the skills, tools and knowledge to make sound financial decisions and a foundation to help them achieve their goals in life”, Peros-Busch said. “We hope that these young people learn the value of taking control of their finances and saving for the important things in their lives instead of being forced to react to reckless and impulsive decisions that can leave them stressed to pay the bills.”

The center conducts the financial literacy course for teenagers during the summer and some school holidays. The Adult Financial Education course is offered monthly on the third Wednesday and Thursday. The next two-day course, offered via Zoom, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on October 19 and 20.

For more information, contact Heather Wells at (808) 243-4317 or download the application at 211885618663163.

The adult course is also offered free of charge.

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