A life-size financial board game at Mansfield Senior High is a good choice

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Teana Sykes can remember the first time she realized how expensive it would be to grow up.

Sykes was still in high school at the time, buying supplies for her upcoming child.

“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Sykes. “I thought to myself, ‘What have I done to my family in terms of spending and the other mouth to feed?’

“I decided at that point that I would never be broke.”

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That goal helped her become the first port of call for money.

After graduating from Mansfield Senior High, Sykes studied actuarial science at Ohio State University, used life tables to set insurance rates, and then worked for Health Management Systems (HMS).

How ‘Tea Talk’ came about

Sykes, who is married to Marquis Sykes, Mansfield Sr.’s head basketball coach, has advised friends and family on financial matters for years. She recently expanded her audience with the help of Facebook Live.

In Tea Talk, Sykes covered everything from SMART goals, budgeting, debt settlement, and credit enhancement.

“Not all blogs, not all information on the Internet are easy to read,” said Sykes. “You talk about payback, people check out.”

The half to one hour Facebook Live sessions are also intended to “normalize conversations about money”.

“Usually this is a taboo subject,” said Sykes. “You can talk about money in a way without revealing what you make. Nobody tries to be pushy. We just want to be informative. “

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Life-size board game at Mansfield Senior

To this end, Sykes, together with Directions Credit Union and DUCHESS Mentoring, is hosting a free finance seminar on Saturday at Mansfield Senior High. But it won’t be lecture-based.

Schoolchildren and high school graduates learn the basics of spending and saving money in the form of a life-size board game.

“Finances 101” was developed by Directions Credit Union and offers real scenarios for the real world.

Finances 101 is a free life-size board game that educates students and graduates about the financial demands of life.

Rolling the dice determines whether children and marriage are in the picture. Another role determines a credit score.

“They see the difference in the cost of the same (residential) space depending on whether they have good or bad credit,” said Sykes.

The game also throws curveballs at its players, like car problems or broken limbs, that can set them back hundreds of dollars if they don’t have adequate auto or health insurance.

“I want you to connect the dots to reality,” said Sykes. “I hope some of them come with a new or renewed appreciation for what their parents, guardians, or grandparents do for them each month.”

Before college, Sykes said no one explained what a credit card was.

Some family members even discouraged them from getting one, saying it would ruin their creditworthiness.

“All I knew was that if you got one, you were doomed,” said Sykes. “And I didn’t do that.”

Two sessions, one for Tyger athletes

Saturday’s seminar attendees at the Mansfield Senior High gym will have the opportunity to register to vote, speak to local professionals, learn about the vocational school, or sign up for ROTC.

The first session takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is open to juniors, seniors and graduates, while the second session is open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for juniors and seniors who are athletes.

Sykes asked former Tyger athletes to record themselves and provide advice for afterlife.

“It’s okay when you are really committed and give everything for the sport of your choice,” said Sykes. “But what else are you good at?

“I hope that by the end of the game (the students) understand that when the time comes, they will have to spend their money wisely. And if they have a job today, they may be a little better.” put some more away. “

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finances-101-registration-164777988399

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