Last Fall I had the pleasure of working with WNED on their project: “Your Life, Your Money.” We provided them with the magazine accompaniment for their TV show, and were happy to dedicate an issue of Young Money magazine to their message of financial literacy. Today, I am thrilled to announce that they have been nominated for a webby.
The TV show
“Your Life, Your money,” hosted by Donald Faison, is an exciting, entertaining, show about financial literacy and the basics of money management. Sections included: Making It and Keeping It, Budgeting & Banks, Digging Out of Debt, Start Saving, Freelance Work and Insurance. Each section includes real stories by real people, experts, and celebrities such as Russell Simmons and D. Woods of Danity Kane. The show was widely watched and fans and critiques were enthusiastic about its message, and it’s timing.
Produced for national broadcast on PBS by WNED and Working Dog Productions, Inc, YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY (YLYM) targeted young Americans in the early phases of their lives and careers — just when they need the most help navigating the financial pitfalls and opportunities around them.
In addition to the program, YLYM offered a broad outreach platform, which is still underway, and a companion Web site featuring program content and additional resources and activities at pbs.org/yourlifeyourmoney. The website is an extension of the program. It contains real stories, videos, games, tools, resources, calculators, quizzes and a digital version of Young Money. It’s a beautiful, interactive, example of how to make something like financial literacy fun and engaging.
The Webby Awards
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide.
Members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the winners of the Webby Awards. However, the online community determines the winners of The People’s Voice Award by voting for the nominated work that you believe to be the best in each category.
This means that as a nominee, WNED is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award! From now until April 29, WNED fans can cast their votes in The Webby People’s Voice Awards at http://webby.aol.com/society/education.
If you are a fan of PBS, WNED, Young Money or Financial Literacy, please cast your vote for “Your Life, Your Money.”
Cara Newman, Editor