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A Series of Public Forums for Students, Parents, and Families

Unraveling the Mysteries of Your Money is a series of free forums open to the general public. These forums offer expert panelists who field questions and discuss finance topics that are relevant and timely in today’s economy. Over the last three years, these forums have been well-attended and noted as a tremendous success by the community. By request from the general public, educators, and our partners, Financial Beginnings has expanded the series to provide additional topic-driven forums.


Financial Resiliency

Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30-8PM

Tigard Public Library | 13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223

Forum Description | What to brace for in the ever-evolving economy with the Department of Consumer and Business Services. Topics include: Emergencies, Financial Preparedness with Kevin Jeffries a consumer liaison of the Division of Financial Regulation; Health Care Costs, with Insurance Rep from Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace; Consumer protection with Charlie Fisher of the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) ; and Consumer Protection, Advocacy Services with Brian Fordham of the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

Light refreshments will be served.  See you there!


Financing College

Tuesday, January 12th from 6:30-8PM

Centennial High School | 3505 SE 182nd Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030

Forum Description | Heading off to college soon? Besides finishing high school strong and getting into the right college, students must address how they are going to pay for school and manage their personal finances once they get there. This forum is a free event open to the public. Parents and youth getting ready for college are encouraged to bring questions for a panel of financial experts that will be answering audience questions and leading the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. 

This forum was moderated by Adrienne Prevost, a Financial Beginnings’ Board Member, current student at Portland State University, and graduate of Centennial High School. 

Cómo financiar tus estudios universitarios (en español)

13 de enero de las 6:30PM a 8PM

Hillsboro High School | 3285 SE Rood Bridge Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Descripción del evento | ¿Listo para ir a la universidad?  Después de haber concluido satisfactoriamente la secundaria y antes de elegir la universidad, los estudiantes deben saber como pagarán sus gastos de estudio y también cómo administrar sus finanzas una vez que hayan ingresado.    Este foro es gratuito y abierto al público. Se pide a los jóvenes, padres y otros miembros de la familia, que hagan preguntas a los expertos panelistas quienes darán información acerca de cómo prepararse para la vida dentro de la universidad. Se servirán refrigerios.

Este foro será presentado en español. Los presentadores son bilingües y también habrá un traductor al inglés para quienes no hablan español. La moderadora será Olga Acuña, Directora de Programas Federales, Familia y Participación Comunitaria del Distrito Escolar de Hillsboro. 

What to Brace for in the Ever-Evolving Economy

Wednesday, March 2nd from 6:30-8PM

Tigard Library | 13500 SW Hall Boulevard, Tigard, OR 97223

Forum Description | 2015 was a unique year for the U.S. economy - so what does that mean for indiviuals and families as we proceed into the new year? The recesesion is still fresh in our minds and there is continual debate around the progress of our nation’s recovery. The upcoming presidential election, rising interest rates, the Stock Market, unemployment, among other factors leave more questions than answers. Join Financial Beginnings for a public forum on What to Brace for in the Ever-Evolving Economy. This forum is a free event open to the public. Individuals of all ages and interests are encouraged to bring questions for a panel of financial experts who will be leading the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. 

Evening Moderator: Sean Place, Financial Beginnings' Deputy Director. 
Evening Panelists: Dr. William Bernstein, Author and Financial Theorist. Christian Kaylor, Multnomah County Economist. Dr. Sudeshna Pal, Professor of Economics at Portland State University. Tyler Mac Innis, Policy Analyst for Oregon Center for Public Policy. 

Life After College, Debt... Debt... Debt...

Tuesday, April 26th from 6:30-8PM

Portland State University | Smith Memorial Student Union Room #294 | 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Forum Description | Student loan debt is intimidating, but it doesn’t have to compromise your future goals. Learn how to manage debt after college by making smarter decisions TODAY about saving and spending your hard-earned cash. Through personal testimonies and evidence from the field, our panel of experts will share some of the best practices out there for gradually reducing your debt, including how to pay off your bills. This forum is a free event open to the public. Individuals of all ages and interests are encouraged to attend and bring questions. Light refreshments will be served. 

What My Family Should Know: The 5 Basic Insurance Policies Everyone Should Have.

Saturday, April 30th from 11AM - 2PM

White Center Library | 11220 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146 

Forum Description |  At Financial Beginnings, we know insurance can be confusing, we teach an entire class on it. That is why we're putting together a panel of experts who can answer your biggest questions and concerns relating to the topic. Policies and coverage can be confusing. Like what it means if you file a claim. What don’t renters and home insurance cover? Do you need to add special coverage for weather, floods, and acts of god? Is there an age when you are no longer eligible for life insurance? Is there a period of time you must be insured before policies cover you? Questions and concerns keep policyholders up at night, and if they don’t, then when Murphy’s Law hits you unexpectedly, you find yourself in a whirl of anxieties that do keep you up at night. Join Financial Beginnings and community members in a night of questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served. 


Tuesday, July 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Edmonds Community College | 20000 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036 

In today's economic society it is rare not to use credit to make purchases, especially when shopping online or for your first home. It is also rare not to use a line of credit during financial emergency situations. Credit can be an overwhelming topic, but understanding credit is critical in responsible management of one's finances. We've brought expert panelist from the field to answer a full range of questions from those who attend, as well as share a few key concepts on how to successfully manage your credit.