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Twenty teens filled the Maui Economic Opportunity classroom on October 5 for the final day of the two-day teen financial literacy course. — MEO photo

Twenty middle and high school youth were introduced to the basics of personal finance and budgeting on October 3rd and 5th at Maui Economic Opportunity’s two-day Teen Financial Literacy workshop.

The speakers 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.

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“The main goal of the workshop is to provide young people with the skills, tools and knowledge to make sound financial decisions and create a foundation that will help them achieve their life goals.” said Peros-Busch. “We hope these youngsters have learned the importance of taking control of their finances and saving for the important things in their lives, rather than being forced to respond to unwise and impulsive decisions that may stress them out leave to pay 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 on October 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

The adult course is also offered free of charge.

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