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Twenty young people filled the Maui Economic Opportunity classroom on October 5, for the final day of the two-day financial literacy course for teens. — Photo MEO

Twenty middle and high school youth received an introduction 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 from MEO’s Business Development Center and Jaimie Dukelow from the Hawai’i State Federal Credit Union. The Maui County Office of Economic Development funded the workshop, which was offered free of charge.

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

The center runs the Teen Financial Literacy course during the summer and some school holidays. The Adult Financial Literacy 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 app at

The adult course is also offered free of charge.

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Geraldine L. Melton