I work with grad students who are looking for jobs. Too often, they are loaded with debt and cannot avoid taking jobs they don't want because they have to start paying off their loans. IF they had learned the rudiments of managing money before they accumulated so much debt, they wouldn't be in the trouble they face when they graduate, with far less job choice than they expected.
If these very smart people had gotten the message from Bubbles the Clown when they were young about saving money, they might have avoided the problems they are facing now. I'd like to endorse the message and the man behind it, because the knowledge is far more valuable than the cost of getting it, and will help everyone manage their own life for the better.
I also know the Feltzenbergs personally and they talk about this non-profit ALL the time. Please support this organization so they can talk about something else for a change.
I am a medical student in the field of Osteopathic Medicine. I have observed the childhood obesity prevention developed by David Felzenberg, Executive Director of It's About The Kids Education Organization. I was impressed by the involvement and engagement of the children at the event that I attended. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. Mr. Felzenberg (as Bubbles The Clown) presented his childhood obesity prevention program, "No Body Is Perfect," in an educational and entertaining way. The program emphasized health promotion and disease prevention. The main theme of the presentation was that leading a healthy lifestyle by eating well and getting daily exercise is not only important; it is fun.
I had Bubbles The Clown entertain at my daughter's 4th birthday party a few month's ago. I heard that he was doing a financial literacy program for kids. So, I went to Port Discovery Children's Museum for their Countdown to Kindergarten day. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of children and parents who attended the "Financial Fitness for Kids" workshop that I went to. The subject matter and the way that Bubbles presented the information about saving money was informative and the kids enjoyed it.
I attended one of Bubbles The Clown's financial literacy workshops at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore. He asked the names and ages of the children. There was a wide range of ages. Some of them were very little (1 year olds) and older ones (up to 12 years old). I am taking the time to write this review because I was genuinely impressed with program. My children (ages 4 and 6 years old) had a lot of fun and absorbed the overall theme of "saving money." Bubbles does have a way with kids. He kept them engaged and responsive.
My role with It's About the Kids Education Organization is as a volunteer. I have been associated with the organization for one year. I have helped the organization with administrative work (e.g., filing, making copies, and data entry). This is important since there is one staff member, David Felzenberg, Executive Director, who performs as Bubbles The Clown for the educational programs. I volunteer a few hours per month. My observation is that the organization is well-managed, and spends its funds efficiently.
My family and I went to the financial literacy program that Bubbles The Clown provided at a children's museum. All of us -- my wife, me, and our two daughters -- received benefits from the program. It gave me ideas about how to talk with my children about opening a savings account and having the money grow by interest earned.
I sat in at a presentation of Bubbles The Clown's financial literacy program. Frankly, I was thinking that it would be a cute little kiddie program with some fooling around by a clown. However, I gave this organization a 5 star review because the program really did exceed my expectations. If I didn't see it for myself I would not have believed that the program was very educational. The kids absorbed the message of saving money.
I have made a financial contribution to this organization, because I know some members of the Board of Directors. I thought that if they were involved with the organization that they must be doing worthwhile work. I am very selective about making donations, so I spoke to the Board members I knew and to the Executive Director, David Felzenberg. I am convinced that the mission of the organization, to bring educational programs to kids in an innovative way, has great merit.
I attended one of the workshops presented by Bubbles The Clown (aka David Felzenberg) at a community event in Baltimore, MD. My overall impression was very positive. From my perspective, the kids were involved in the financial literacy program that Bubbles presented. He didn't just stand in front of the kids and lecture them about money. He didn't talk over their heads. He spoke to them at their level (kids 3 - 9 years old), but didn't talk down to the kids. The kids responded to his questions. It is an interactive program, and the kids appeared to have absorbed the main theme: to save money.
I have been very impressed with this organization and the commitment of the volunteers and the Executive Director of It's About The Kids Education Organization. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the mission of the organization of teaching kids about financial literacy, and childhood obesity prevention. David Felzenberg, Executive Director, presents these programs as Bubbles The Clown. He has been a professional clown for quite a whole. He has the ability to make subjects interesting and keep the attention of the children while they learn valuable lessons.