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It is amazing what can be learned and implemented in 9 weeks.

fpu logoOne of the joys I have is being a volunteer coordinator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.  This 9 week class is held by my church at an offsite location.  From January until March, couples and individuals committed every Thursday evening to learn personal finance principles. For some, they were already using these strategies with their income while others were in debt from credit cards, college, car and home equity loans.

The photo you see below is our graduation night.  Not only did the class receive education on how to effectively setup a zero-based budget but also how to payoff debt utilizing the debt snowball.  There is much more to the class beyond these two points and you can learn about them at Dave Ramsey’s website.

(In the photo you will see all graduates holding one of the following a 100 Grand or PayDay candy bar.  The ultimate personal finance graduation gift.)

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Give time and energy to those who are hungry to learn

When was the last time you were on a college campus other than when you attended or went to a sporting event?  How can you assist you local college or university to provide their students real life examples of the workplace environment, interviewing preparation, important skills, etc.?

Arkansas Tech University’s College of Business recently held a morning session inviting professionals with varied backgrounds from around the state to share their insights on the job marketplace.  I was one of two business owners on the panel, but the only way that gets paid to talk for a couple hours back to back.  The students were inspired by one of their alumni who graduated within the last two years, started a website programming company, sold it to a local business and now runs it within that company.  Hard work and determination paid for him early in his career.

During the Q & A session, I challenged the students to find a mentor, both personal and professional.  But most importantly, they need to be open to the mentors suggestions.  It is never easy to receive feedback or wisdom from someone else when you mind is made up, so they will need to stay open-minded and absorb the knowledge from this individual.

Make time to look for opportunities to give back in your community.  Help others find a way to succeed.

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How are you Wired?

Here’s a great collection of pics from the IL PTA State Convention.  What a fun group to train on communication and human behavior.

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When was the last time you DIY’d? (Did It Yourself)

858805_10200284202604534_1230103318_oSo often it seems easier just to pay or ask someone else to do it, but there is great satisfaction when you do it yourself.  On July 4th, my wife and son helped me to dig, prep and build this in-ground fire pit in our backyard.  It didn’t take a ton of planning nor money.  But it took effort and sweat.  I can honestly say that because of the effort and sweat, we are proud of the work we did and we want to enjoy it together with our family.  What project can you do alone or with your family that you could take pride in accomplishing?

 

School is Starting, Time to launch S.A.F.E. TEAM Programs!

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I invite you to checkout Schools and Families Engaged (the S.A.F.E. Team on Campus).  Tell someone you know about this program that supports family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.

Don’t worry, I don’t have to be the presenter at your school to launch the program.  If I do show up, I am sure camo will be my choice of color.

Not a Rocket Scientist nor an Engineer

Scott may not be all that sharp, but he can follow this flowchart and have success.  

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Where Do You Give Away Your Time and Talents?

Through my volunteerism with the Boy Scouts, I met a communications professor at the University of Arkansas.  Together we taught the Communications merit badge back in March.  During those 8 hours of teaching we had a chance to talk and learned that we shared a faith in Christ.  She asked me if I would be willing to teach and share for her sons’ youth group.  I agreed and last week, my son and I participated and had an incredible night of praise and worship with this faith-filled group of young people 15-22 years old.  I wish you could have been there to watch young people who do not judge others come together and worship.  It was AWESOME!!  Here’s the pic and Facebook post after that night.

“Scott Huse and Hunter Huse came out to youth group tonight and WOW what a treat! Scott challenged us with the words in Philippians: Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. He asked us to look at our gifts and our struggles.”

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Even “Professional” Presenters Need to Wet Their Whistle

As a board member for Youth Strategies, a non-profit in Northwest Arkansas, I have volunteered this summer to teach/train the high school version of Financial Peace University.  Every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks, we have been going through the content of FPU and inspiring these 20–25 students to think about their future and how money will affect their lives and decisions.   A new University of Arkansas intern was a guest in the class and posted this photo and pic on Facebook.

“One must be fully caffeinated to teach ‪#‎daveramsey‬‘s‪#‎financialpeaceuniversity‬ to a room full of high schoolers. ‪#‎youthstrategies‬ ‪#‎kumandgo‬ ‪#‎caffeine‬ — with Scott Huse and Scott Huse.”

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Lasting Friendships in Sports Because You Battled Together

I was not the greatest athlete, but I have always been a competitor.  I had the privilege of playing baseball for a small college in Western Kansas for all four of my years.  Along the way, some players stayed on and some came and went.  While you are a team, you will always find the brothers that you can share a bond with long after the arm and swing are gone.  I have followed one of teammates from afar as he took his passion and leadership from the playing field to the sidelines as a coach.  Just recently, I caught up with him as his team was making a run for the NCAA World Series in Omaha, but they fell a few games short.  He had the pitchers throwing waterballs in the rain working on their “fundamentals”.  They have a beautiful field at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.  Kirk Kelley is a great leader of young men.

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This Is What Success Looks Like

Here’s a pic (not all are pictured) of our graduating Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class. Since we started the class 9 weeks ago, here are some stats:

1. Over $160k in credit card offers by mail have been declined and shredded.
2. $78k in debt has been paid off so far.
3. 15 credit card accounts were closed and chopped up during our class. :o)
4. An additional $35k is accessible in savings.

Which Baby Step are you on?

“Live like no one else so you can some day live and give like no one else.” – Dave Ramsey

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