On National Public Radio
Tess Vigeland pays a visit to her old high school just outside Portland, Or, to learn how teachers are now instructing students about money, and why more schools don't provide financial education. Melody Thompson, Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, and Todd Jones, teacher at West Lynn High School and participant in Financial Beginnings' programs are both featured in the broadcast.
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On Local Radio
Metroscope which is produced by Entercom interview Melody Thompson about Financial Beginnings, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people for their financial future. The show aired on seven Portland Entercom radio stations on August 23rd, 2009.
The Willamette Week, on April 4, 2012, quoted Melody Thompson, Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, in the in article "Spare a Quarter Mil?". It discussed the importance of loans and how to obtain them.
The Portland Tribune, on April 3, 2012, highlighted the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program at Centennial High School for their work on educating students on the importance of managing their money. The FBLA used Financial Beginnings' and Operation HOPE's curriculum and methods to educate over 200 students in their community.
The Register-Guard, on May 22, 2011, quoted Financial Beginnings' Executive Director in an article named "The Cost of Financial Illiteracy" which outlines the financial literacy education requirements in Oregon.
Smart Money's 10 Things article on November 29, 2010 features Financial Beginnings' Executive Director's experience as a tenant in foreclosure. The #1 thing of the 10 Things Your Landlord Won't Tell You is that "This Building is in Foreclosure".
The Oregonian, on November 6, 2010, on the front page of the Business section featured Financial Beginnings' Executive Director's experience and blog series about a her experience as a tenant in foreclosure.
The Oregonian, on September 27, 2009, featured an article which discussed Oregon's removal of personal finance from the graduation credit requirements in the 1990s: "Cutting personal finance classes: Another mistake from a richer era". Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, Melody Thompson, is quoted in the article along with Brett Trosclair, teacher at Century High School and Financial Beginnings Board Member.
"Personal finance urged for Oregon schools," a front page Oregonian article written in 2008, quotes Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, Melody Thompson.
Other Awards and Recognition
In October of 2007 Financial Beginnings was recognized along with only 13 other nonprofits at the "Light A Fire" event hosted by Portland Monthly and the Oregon Community Foundation, which honors the work of nonprofits, with the award of "Best Kept Secret." All of the award recipients were written about in the November 2007 issue of Portland Monthly.