Financial show meant for teens

Vince Shorb had heard enough financial nightmares to convince him to help.

On Saturday, Shorb and Money XLive co-founder Chad Penry bring their high-energy financial show, Money XLive, to Suplizio Field.

Shorb and Penry’s Money XLive show began touring the country in 2009.

The show’s lineup, geared toward teenagers and young adults, includes celebrity speakers and musical acts who will convey a message of financial responsibility and accountability to those in attendance.

Among those who will appear Saturday are: former NFL All-Pro Seth Joyner, TV star Wilmer Valderrama and Olympic snowboarder JJ Thomas. They will share stories about financial decisions with the crowd.

In fact, the celebrities specifically joined Money XLive to help spread the message to people 30 and younger that young people should learn about financial literacy.

“The celebrities really volunteered their time,” Shorb said. “They wish they would have learned.”

Financial literacy is Shorb’s way of describing the world of credit, banking, saving, etc. Money XLive seeks to teach young people, who otherwise may truly believe that money grows on trees or in parents’ wallets, about financial literacy.

“It’s a high-energy way to get them to learn about money,” Shorb said. “I want to catch them before they get in trouble.”

One example Shorb uses to point out that financial responsibility begins at a young age is a teenager he met in Huntington Beach, Calif. The girl told Shorb her dream job was to just use her ATM card.

Shorb said other teenagers such as the girl in California aspire to have things without sometimes realizing that owning things or doing things costs money.

Shorb and Penry, along with the guest speakers, seek to help people lay out a plan for present and future financial freedom.

The plan is the 2010 Challenge. Shorb will share more details about it Saturday.

“We do it in a different type of way to combine motivation and education,” Shorb said. “Our teachings are very relevant.”

Tickets to Saturday’s event at Suplizio Field, 901 North 12th St., are $12. Doors open at 4 p.m. The event begins at 5 p.m.

Net proceeds from the event will support financial education in Mesa County.

Money XLive is primarily coming to Grand Junction through the efforts by US Bank Vice President Karen Troester.


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