PBS' Your Life, Your Money Launches Website with Innovative Financial Tools for Young People

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Real-Life Money Management Special Hosted by Donald Faison Premieres Wednesday, September 9 at 9 PM, ET/PT

I think it is important for all young adults to educate themselves on their finances

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The groundbreaking new PBS special YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY empowers young adults to get their financial lives on track, and the program's website, which launched this week, gives them the financial tools and resources with which to do it.

The YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY companion site at pbs.org/yourlifeyourmoney features video segments (including hip hop icon Russell Simmons and R&B/pop singer D. Woods from Danity Kane); interactive financial tools for young people including budget calculators, credit card payoff calculators, and a checkbook balancer; an HSBC financial quiz; glossary of financial terms; an interactive game; and lessons and activities for educators. Additionally, the PBS YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pbsyourlifeyourmoney includes expert tips, links to financial tools, and opportunities for fans to share their experiences.

Hosted by Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless), this engaging one-hour special provides vital, relatable information on everything from banking and credit, to investments, budgeting, insurance and self-employment. With compelling real-life stories of young people finding their way through a variety of economic challenges, the program addresses an urgent demand for forthright financial advice in a pivotal stage of life. YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY premieres Wednesday, September 9 at 9 pm ET/PT on PBS.

"I think it is important for all young adults to educate themselves on their finances," host Donald Faison says. "I am happy to be a part of something that brings attention to this subject for those just starting out."

YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY tells the stories of six diverse young people who are facing the many challenges that come with making, managing, and getting the most out of money. Subjects include: Min Lwin, a recent college graduate starting out in Chicago; Amanda McCormick, a Florida college senior facing $30,000 of credit card debt; Tim Bouchard, a freelance graphics and web designer in Buffalo with his own business; and Maria Cortez and Rochelle James striving to build their financial futures in New York City.

The PBS program also features practical advice from personal finance experts including New York Times best-selling author Beth Kobliner (Get A Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties), financial reporter Ron Lieber (The New York Times), syndicated financial columnist Michelle Singletary (The Washington Post), and other nationally respected financial advisors.

YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY offers a broad outreach platform targeting 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.

Funding for YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY was provided by HSBC in the Community (USA) Inc. Foundation. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., with more than 470 bank branches throughout the United States, including over 380 in New York State, focuses its charitable efforts on education and the environment.

YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY is produced for PBS by WNED Buffalo/Toronto and Working Dog Productions, Inc. (Executive producer: John Grant. Producer/director: Tom Simon. Editor: Dave Velazquez. Writers: Jaime Bernanke and Tom Simon. Host: Donald Faison. Format: CC Stereo Letterbox/HD where available.)

YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY is available from PBS Home Video: ShopPBS.org; 800-PLAY-PBS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information on the special or to explore financial tools, visit http://www.pbs.org/yourlifeyourmoney .

About WNED-TV
WNED-TV is a leading producer of single-topic documentary programming for national PBS broadcast including: The Adirondacks, Niagara Falls, The Marines, Window to the Sea, Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo and America's Houses of Worship and Elbert Hubbard: An American Original, a program related to the Arts and Crafts Movement to be broadcast in coming months. Also in development are films on The War of 1812, the Underground Railroad, the Chautauqua Institution and the Great Lakes.

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