Academics Spotlight: Karen Hipsher

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When the odds are one in a million, Karen Hipsher always strives to be the one.

As a mom of three, she never stops inspiring. She kicks off her long days as a second grade teacher, cultivating the young minds of the next generation. Karen then hops in her car, and heads to Sunrise Library to help Andson students with their homework. She rounds out the night caring for her three sons, Denny, Alex and Charlie.

While a day this tiring may weigh many of us down, it energizes Karen. She says being surrounded by kids is her favorite part of tutoring, especially when they grasp a concept and light up like a bulb. Even when students don’t understand a new topic right away, she is reassuring, reminding students to persevere, always.

When Karen isn’t teaching, she is probably off somewhere learning. One of her favorite activities is picking up a good book. In fact, reading and math are Karen’s favorite subjects. Don’t let her studious life fool you, she occasionally steps away from the classroom. When Karen needs a quick rejuvenation, the beach is the perfect place to recharge. The sand between her toes is Karen’s ideal pick-me-up. But when the beach isn’t attainable, she opts for cuddles with her cupcake of a rottweiler, Cheyenne.

Karen Hipsher has been a tutor with Andson for 6 years. To learn more about the tutoring program, and where services are offered, click here.

Andson Asks Brendan

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LaChel and her six children visit Rainbow Library three days a week for Andson Academics homework help sessions. Some of her children have special needs, yet all six have seen significant improvements in their grades, especially in reading and writing.

One of LaChel’s sons, Brendan, told us that through tutoring he has learned to love reading. His favorite subject is History and he loves reading stories about historical events.

Homework help is free for students and families and without Andson Academics, LaChel could not afford the quality help her children need and deserve. We could not do this life changing work without our wonderful CCSD licensed tutors and our partners at LVCCLD. If you know a child in need of homework help, see the library schedule HERE!

We are still looking for a few teachers to join us this year. See below how you can join our St. Jude’s Ranch team as a part-time tutor.

To watch videos in the Andson ASKS series, click HERE.

How to keep your financial New Year's resolutions

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By Valarie Peritz

We’re just days into 2018, and if you’ve already spent your monthly allowance on lattes, don’t freak out just yet. There are plenty of other ways to get back on track and stick to your financial New Year’s resolution.

To make your resolution stick, you need to start by setting a goal and planning how to achieve it. If you want to reel in your debt, write down a solid plan. Instead of just saying you will pay off your credit card, plan to put $100 a month towards your card every paycheck. By writing specific goals, you set an expectation for yourself and can monitor your personal progress.

According to the University of Scranton, it’s estimated only 8% of people reach their New Year’s resolutions. If you fear you’ll fall into the other 92 percentile, there are small ways you can set yourself up for success. Instead of thinking of your goals as a resolution, start to think of them as lifestyle choices. Let’s go back to the credit card example: instead of saying your resolution is to pay off your credit card, decide you will now live within your means. If you decide to stop using your credit card as a lifestyle choice, the debt won’t continue to rise, and you will be able to pay it off slowly with your extra funds.

Make sure your new lifestyle choices are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-sensitive. If your goals are too broad, you won’t be able to measure your progress. It’s important to track your progress, because it’s the only way to tell if you are truly succeeding or just following a plan that will lead nowhere. You also need to be realistic. We can’t all become millionaires in just one year, but we can start taking classes that will lead to a higher paying career or save $20 more a week to pad our emergency funds. Lastly, make sure you put a completion date on your goal. If you want to get a new job, set a specific time frame. For example, you want a new job by June, or you want to save $1,000 before your next big holiday.

Every lifestyle change, no matter how big or small, is tough. Make sure you have a support system to help you stick to your plan. Talk to your family, friends, and even co-workers to set up a network of supporters who will keep you on track for 2018!

5 Ways to Chill Out this Winter Break

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By: Valarie Peritz

It’s that time of year again - winter vacation. Thankfully for us the weather outside isn’t too frightful, but let’s be honest, trying to keep the kids occupied for two weeks is intimidating enough to give Frosty the shivers. Like Rudolph, Andson is here to guide you through the holiday happenings, so you and your children stay merry and bright.

  1. The mountains are just a hop, skip and a jump away - If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you must head over to Mount Charleston. They’ve had a relatively dry season so far, but even without fresh snow, the mountains are still magical in the winter. It’s nearly 20 degrees cooler than the Valley, so you finally have a reason to break in that winter coat. Even if you can’t go sledding yet, there are still multiple hiking trails you can explore. Once your cool adventure is over, you can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate at the Lodge.

  2. Goodwill is calling, answer - If those new toys and clothes have made your house feel stuffy, you can get your spring cleaning done a season early, while teaching your children about the season of giving. If they received new toys, have them find some old toys they don’t play with anymore. Likewise with old clothing. Put all the donations in a box or bag, and bring it down to your closest thrift shop. Your children will learn the true meaning of the season, and you’ll have a little elf to help you de-clutter.

  3. Libraries aren’t just for reading anymore - It’s no secret Andson loves the Las Vegas Clark County Library District. If you haven’t checked out their services yet, put that at the top of your New Year’s resolutions. Each branch offers a range of activities, from karaoke, to stem learning, to crafts, and even puppet shows! Of course there are plenty of books to be read too. The library is a place to make memories with your whole family, just remember to use your indoor voice!

  4. Swimming is so this season - Swimming in the brutal Vegas summer is a no-brainer, but swimming in the winter? That’s a story to tell. The Las Vegas Parks and Recreation offers a swimming pool that’s open year-round. If you have a mermaid or merman in your life, this is the perfect winter vacation. They’ll get to work out all their energy in the pool, and their friends will think they’re brave for bracing the frigid temps. As you’ve probably guessed, this pool is indoors so it’s are totally safe. The Pavilion Center pool is located at 101 South Pavilion Center Drive. It’s open to all ages Monday through Friday from 7am to 2:30pm. It will be closed now through Christmas, but it will reopen on December 26. It will also be closed for the New Years Holiday. Prices range from $2 to $3.

  5. Let’s get competitive - Getting children to pay attention to one task for more than an hour is daunting, but there’s nothing like a friendly competition to spark their interest. If your children are already tired of all the board games in your closet, challenge them to make a game of their own. Have them use their own toys to create characters, and allow them to make up their own rules. Once they have created a game, gather the whole family and play. The family time will bring everyone closer, and will make your children feel accomplished -- especially if they win at their own game.

Andre’s Last Hurrah

By: Valarie Peritz

Preparing for college can be considered an adventure in it’s own right. With the itch of graduation still lurking in a not-so-distant past, the weeks ahead of move in day are daunting. The exhilaration of moving to a new city and creating a new life is matched by a fear of what is being left behind – family, friends, moments once so cherished, that are now just memories.

With his freshman year at the University of California, San Diego within reach, 18-year-old Andre Salehian felt a deep urge to seek one last hurrah before moving into adulthood. Las Vegas is an adventurous city, but he desired more than just a night aimlessly wandering downtown. After countless hours of research and an extensive amount of pleading with his mom, Andre decided to spend his last summer as far away from the bright lights as possible.         

Just 6 hours before his greatest adventure was set to begin, the butterflies in Andre’s stomach fluttered him awake. He will be the first person to admit packing is not his strong suit. The clock subtly ticked in the background; with each second, he checked another item off the list: Clothes, check. Toothpaste, check. Passport photos… passport photos… and then it hit him, with just hours before the biggest trip of his life, Andre was missing one of the most crucial elements from his suitcase. He already had a passport, but Andre needed the photos to complete volunteer work. Without them, He would be left behind. Thankfully, a 24-hour town has its perks. A quick stop at Walgreens, and his bags were finally packed. Passport photos, check.         

24 hours, three continents and an uncomfortable nap later, and Andre was finally in Tanzania.

This trip was booked through Global Leadership Adventures, also known as GLA. The program helps teens and college students experience the world, while giving back to the communities they explore. So, from day one, Andre’s main priority wasn’t indulging in excursions, although there were plenty to be had, instead, the teen stepped off the plane and immediately went to work.

With three other English speakers by his side, Andre engaged local children in learning activities. He taught 10 year old Swahili-speaking students English concepts like emotions, future, and time. Breaking down the language barrier wasn’t an easy feat, but after days of connecting with nearly 15 children, Andre created emotional bonds that were deeper than the two languages could describe. Even today, months after Andre left the country, the children are still engraved in his daily thoughts.

Andre’s service at the school was not limited to teaching within the classroom. Each day, after cultivating the young minds, he and his fellow GLA volunteers would tighten up their bootstraps to beautify the school. The group painted classrooms, fixed wobbly desks and worked on landscaping. Before Andre left the school, he and his fellow volunteers left their permanent mark by creating a garden for the students. Andre’s hard work will have a lasting impact, by providing a bountiful feast of fruits and vegetables for years to come.

After the work was done, Andre was finally able to play. He roamed across Tanzania, visiting a local tribe, encountering exotic animals and hiking the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Andre’s visit with the Maasai Tribe was his first African experience away from the comfort of the school. He was astonished by the dry, dusty lands, which made the Vegas desert appear nearly tropical. Goats roam across the East African Rift, and are used as the primary food source of the Maasai people. The students were aghast after goats they petted just moments before, were slaughtered as a welcome dinner.

Andre was able to visit some Maasai homes, and was amazed by how small the hand built huts appeared. “I thought my room was small,” said Andre. “But this entire house was smaller than my room.”

During Andre’s three weeks abroad, he was bewildered by the contrasting cultures within Tanzania itself, but also the stark similarities between the country and his own home in the United States. He was able to travel to a middle-class area of the country, where residents had cell phones, businesses, and vehicles of their own. Andre admits he expected the country to be in a much worse state, and while there is still rampant poverty, Andre was surprised by the vibrance that gleams out of Tanzania.

With photos of his extraordinary summer in hand, Andre is now prepared for his upcoming adventure. The wistful memories of high school are now a lifetime behind him. Three weeks is not long, but the experience changed him, matured him; it prepared Andre for imminent challenges adulthood will bring.

Next stop – UCSD.


Andre Salehian joined the Andson team at just 15 years old, as a bright eyed summer intern who wanted to make a difference in our community. He is a talented videographer and graphic designer, whose expertise grew exponentially during his three years with us. He was a star amongst his peers at West Career & Technical Academy. His superb academic and personal achievements landed him at spot at the University of California, San Diego. We are so proud of all his accomplishments, and can’t wait to see how he continues to grow throughout his college career.

All photos (except the one of him) by Andre Salehian

Shout out to Super Star Tutor Aide, Zoie Yell!

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Meet Andson’s Super Star Tutor Aide, Zoie Yell! She works with students from kindergarten to eleventh grade at Centennial Hills Library, Las Vegas Library and Twin Lakes Elementary School! Zoie aspires to help students understand the world around them. She thinks that “being a tutor is the perfect way to aid students who need a little extra help and guidance so they have the tools to be well-informed, amazing people.”

Zoie is familiar with the Las Vegas community, being a third generation Las Vegan herself. She is passionate about Linguistics and World History. She loves studying word drifts and changes in definitions while seeing how languages have formed and changed over time.

The students that Zoie tutors gain confidence in themselves and their work. She has an extraordinary way of instilling a love of learning within them.

We’re honored to have such a positive role model working with our youth!

Laura Dearing Elementary's Dream Team

For the third year in a row, Andson has partnered with Laura Dearing Elementary School to bring effective after-school academic intervention to kindergarten and first grade students.

The students in our program have made significant gains since the beginning of the school year. Between September and January, the kindergarten group increased by 1025% (that’s NOT a typo) in Letter Sound Fluency and by 319% in Quantity Discrimination, while the first grade group increased by 100% in Math Computation and by 300% in Reading Comprehension!

 These amazing gains are in great part due to the program’s dedicated Three Musketeers: Lisa Mullinix, Sylvia Flores, and Senada Stankovic!

 Lisa Mullinix, a first grade teacher, developed a passion for teaching through volunteerism and witnessing her own children’s achievements. Her newly found love for teaching led her to obtain her teaching credentials from San Diego State University. Lisa strives to make learning fun for her students and keeps them interested by creating hands-on-activities and utilizing technology to make learning enjoyable.

 Sylvia Flores, a kindergarten teacher, was inspired by watching her mother teach eight children after school. Throughout her teaching career, Sylvia has taught kindergarten, first, and second graders. She has also taught English Language to adults in Migrant Education. She is passionate about teaching kindergarteners because she loves to plant the seed of learning within them and inspire them to achieve their dreams through education.

 Senada Stankovic’s inspiration to teach is fueled by her children. She is passionate about working with children with autism and enjoys contributing to their learning. Senada’s favorite thing about teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade is watching her students learn and get excited about life! She doesn’t want young students to be afraid to try new things and explore all kinds of possibilities.

Andson is fortunate to have such dedicated staff inspiring our youth to follow their dreams!

 

 

Las Vegas Library: a site to see

Check out the incredible Andson staff at the Las Vegas Library, featuring Guadalupe Maria, Cliff Goldkind and Zoie Yell!

Students receive homework help at the Las Vegas Library on a regular basis and have developed a special bond with their Andson tutors and aides. Cliff and Zoie are devoted to providing students with exceptional guidance and encouragement to grow academically.

Guadalupe has a firm belief that students can achieve anything they set their minds to. A Los Angeles native, she was inspired by her former elementary school teachers to make teaching fun! Her students are no strangers to her favorite piece of advice, “Believe in yourself.”

It’s a privilege to have such passionate individuals guiding our students to academic success!

Decluttering Your Finances into Focus - A New Year's Resolution

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When it comes to making resolutions, I’m typically of the mindset that if it’s important enough, why wait till the 1st of the year? I tend to do what drives me now. However, over this last year I realized that two bad habits can go hand in hand, and I had let both slide: household clutter, and wasting money. Tackling these issues brought me peace of mind. Why did I let this weigh on me so heavily?

They say a cluttered house is a cluttered mind. Now don’t get me wrong, my living spaces are far from uninhabitable but there is a feeling of being overwhelmed that comes with keeping every receipt, that infamous junk drawer in the kitchen, and the years of collected toiletries you’d never miss if you tossed them out today. So I bought a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I know, I know, another paper object adding to the clutter! Along with this book, I watched a documentary and several videos (here, here and here) on living a minimalist life and the concept appealed to me. Over the break I tore several rooms apart, making me realize that decluttering can quickly bring your finances into focus. Luckily with the help of some minimalist YouTubers, it won’t cost an arm or a leg, which brings me to exhibit 2: saving money.

In my early twenties, I was an impulse buyer. I would come home with all my new goodies only to have buyer's remorse within days, sometimes even within hours. I quickly changed the habit by jotting down what I wanted while out shopping. If by the next morning (or the following weekend) it was still on my mind, I’d go out and get it. This is something I still do today. However, every once in a while I still buy something I end up regretting. Nothing makes this as apparent as dumping all of your belongings into a pile in your room. Decluttering is one thing. Tallying up the money spent on unwanted items really is a punch in the gut.

It’s difficult to acknowledge your faults sometimes. You can put off unpleasant tasks like this for years, but what a sense of relief you get from facing and resolving these challenges head on.

The holidays are a time where the spirit of gifting often turns to clutter down the road. Maybe a little more thoughtful, human interaction, a little less stuff?

Here at Andson, we are passionate about teaching young people delayed gratification, and how an ongoing attitude of humbleness will in turn make you less reliant on chasing possessions. Of course, we want them to SAVE SAVE SAVE for their future. Sometimes it’s difficult to take one’s own advice. Don’t judge me, I’m NOT an Andson money coach!

Decluttering your space is a great way to open your eyes to how much money you’re spending. Let’s rephrase that. It can open your eyes to how much money you’re WASTING.

Can you relate to my dilemma? Is decluttering your personal and financial life within your grasp? We’d love to hear your thoughts on using this “twofer” technique to bring your finances into focus!

A Very Merry Academic Spotlight

By: Hannah Moore

Meet Grant Frailich, our jolly tutor spotlight for December! Grant was first inspired to teach when he saw the impact his older brother had on young learners.

Grant's favorite subject is math, but he's also super enthusiastic about encouraging students to read. "Read! Every single day, pick up a book and read some of it. Reading takes you to any world you want to visit and it's fun!" He is passionate about each and every student in the world receiving access to quality education.

Grant grew up in Phoenix so he's no stranger to the desert! He enjoys working our (preferably when it's not too hot), and spending time with his girlfriend and baby cousins. You're a swell person, Grant! Thanks for all that you do!

World traveling tutor spotlight

By: Hannah Moore

Greetings to our citizen of the world tutor, Katherine Coakley! Katherine was born in West Germany, raised in the midwest, and explored her teens in Thailand before settling back into the U.S. her junior year of high school. She is currently an instructional assistant for elementary grades 2-5, and brings much needed harmony to the classroom. “If students need to stand up for what is right, then they should do so, but gently. They should try their best to eliminate anger, jealousy, hatred of others, and prejudice from their behavior. Always replace the negatives with positives by showing kindness!” Katherine has a passion for language arts and the joy of learning. She also likes to point out how students humble themselves in a learning environment: “They willingly surrender their minds, hearts, ears, and oftentimes, their voices to teachers for the sole benefit of acquiring knowledge. Keep doing what you’re doing, Katherine. We’re honored to have you as part of the Andson family!

New Sites and Tutors’ Bright Lights

By: Hannah Moore

When Andson added their Homework Help program to Whitney Library, we knew just who to call: terrific tutors Theresa Weir and Pam Locascio! Theresa and Pam are no strangers to helping students excel, so naturally they were the perfect candidates to take on our new location. Get to know a little more about them below!

 

Theresa Weir is an art teacher during the day for grades 1-5. She also:

  • taught in Florida before coming to Las Vegas.

  • is a major bingo enthusiast!

  • loves painting murals, hiking, and traveling...she does it all!

 

Theresa’s favorite part about tutoring and teaching is “Developing relationships with students and watching them learn and grow.

Her best advice to young learners is “Work hard in school.  Go to college so you can have a great career.

 

Pam Locascio is a GATE teacher during the day for grades 3-5. But did you know she also:

  • has been teaching for 27 years (20 at CCSD).

  • loves chess and is a sudoku master.

  • creates crafty gifts such as her famous “Glow Glitter Cannisters.” Ask her about these  if you get the chance...they’re amazing!

 

Pam’s favorite thing about tutoring and teaching is “The Light Bulb Syndrome - seeing a child’s face light up when a difficult concept is finally understood!

Her best advice to young learners is “Be a reader to become a writer.  Don’t be afraid to make a mistake because a mistake is just an opportunity to learn.

    

Keep on shining bright, Andson tutors!

 

 

Andson Teams Up With MyPath!

By: Hannah Moore

Andson is proud to announce our involvement with MyPath! MyPath is a workforce development program that radically alters the fiscal lives of those in situations of low income or poverty. MyPath’s objective is to empower youth through economic mobility, and they do so by providing training and curriculum for community leaders to implement. Andson’s passion for financial literacy supplements their application-based approach perfectly. Combining their focus on the power of savings, with our detailed finance lessons is a mighty force to be reckoned with. Andson plans to work with Nevada Partners, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, amongst other nonprofits to reach the goal of financial capability for more youth and young adults in our community. To learn more, or get involved, be sure to keep checking back on our website for updates on MyPath.

Elliott's a Champion!

By: Hannah Moore

As the 2016 Olympics kick into high gear, we want to acknowledge one of Andson’s very own astounding athletes, intern Elliott Davis. Elliott is a champion runner of the Junior Olympics, Region 15. The Junior Olympics is a training program that exposes young athletes to once in a lifetime competition opportunities.

Elliott was inspired to start running by listening to stories of his mom’s experience with college track. He’s been committed to training since his first year of high school. What keeps Elliott motivated when the going gets rough? “Our races are usually filmed, so every race, even if I lose, I get to find out exactly what I need to do next time to win. I can see what I did wrong and move forward from there,” he explained. Elliott just graduated high school and plans on attending Central Arizona College on a full scholarship. He wants to major in sports related marketing and business to assist with his blossoming track career, and also enjoys graphic design. His advice to other runners is straightforward and honest, “It’s going to hurt, no matter what. The workouts and practices are going to hurt every day, but you get to expose yourself to really important people in the end. It also helps to write your goals down.” Well said Elliott. This is his second summer interning with Andson. We look forward to seeing him go for the gold!

Our Exceptional Volunteers

Volunteer. Many images might come to mind when one comes across this word; an individual serving at a soup kitchen, someone taking care of dogs at the shelter, that person in the parking lot asking if you’re registered to vote. What comes to our mind here at Andson? Someone with a pencil, patience, and a passion. A passion to help the students of CCSD do their best. Meet some of our amazing volunteers below:

Rithy:

It’s time to introduce our wonder volunteer, Rithy Khim! Rithy is currently attending UNLV and has passion for chemistry. He aspires to one day graduate from Roseman University with a PHD in Pharmacy! Rithy spends his time with Andson as a volunteer tutor at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. “I’ve always wanted to help people by giving them something that they could keep forever,” he shared. “I realized that that something is knowledge. That’s why I became a tutor: to spread knowledge.” In his spare time Rithy loves swimming, listening to music, and training in Tae Kwon Do. He was even captain of the Clark Swim Team in High School! Thanks for all of your time and dedication, Rithy!

Lorraine:

Meet Lorraine Kerr, our voyaging volunteer! She loves sailing the ocean and traveling across the globe. Her adventures brought her all the way from Toronto, Canada to right here in Las Vegas! Lorraine teaches all grade levels at Bridger Middle School and her favorite subject is math. “I encourage my students to always ask questions. I’m passionate about ALL children receiving a great education,” she enthusiastically explained. Lorraine has two Cairn Terriers that she considers to be just like her students, “One is hyperactive and one is very shy; very similar to the personality mix you’ll find at any school!” Thank you for everything you do, Lorraine!


Lorraine and Rithy are just two of many wonderful volunteers we’re honored to have on our team. Whatever task it may be, and whatever organization it may be for, volunteer work is crucial for the positive changes that we see affecting lives all over the globe. Volunteering is good for the volunteer themselves too. Reaching out to others fosters a sense of purpose, peace of mind, and emotional well being. To each and every volunteer out there, thank you.

Andson Money Review: Financial stability on the go!

By: Hannah Moore

Hello internet users and perusers! We are here today to help you be the boss of your budget in the digital age. The rise of online banking and financial technology makes taking control of our money more accessible than ever before! But with a world of options at our fingertips, how do we know which money management app is best? Well, it's not so much a question of which is "best" rather than which is best for YOU. Below we have three Andson-written reviews of popular money management applications, along with a fantastic outside resource on how to sift out what does and doesn't work for your own financial style:

Mint:

Mint can do it all! Mint's main attraction is that it syncs directly with all of your accounts and pulls them into one central hub. Whether it be checking, savings, credit, or even investments, the app displays it all in a user friendly list-type view. Mint then shows user's spending by category in easy to interpret circle graphs. These visual aids help to create a budget in no time.

Mvelopes:

Are you the pencil and paper type? Well you're in luck, this app is great for people who have a tendency to write reminders on whatever surface they can find! Mvelopes is geared toward saving as your main priority, and makes this happen by allowing the user to separate out bills and other costs into digital envelopes. It even has the capability to record your receipts and other paper transactions. Though this app is on your screen, the labeled envelopes give it a more tangible feel of monetary organization.

Level Money:

Though this could be said about any money management tool, Level Money really zeros in on smart spending for the user. It informs users what they can spend "safely" each day based on income and expenses. It also displays where, when, and how they're spending their money each month in categories such as Food, Ridesharing (like Uber), and Entertainment. This tracking is great for creating a personalized but flexible budget.

Still confused on what direction to take? Policygenius.com cleverly breaks down 14 different apps into a “best money management for you” graphic, with short descriptions for each underneath. Give their article a click: https://www.policygenius.com/blog/money-management-apps-2x2/

It’s also helpful to be aware of the fact that money management/mobile banking apps will continue to evolve over time, and may vary from institution to institution. Choose an app that is relevant to your personal preferences and needs! Most importantly, don’t forget about online safety. Here are nine tips to keep you protected:

1.    Use strong passwords for all your accounts.

2.    Use security software.

3.    Don’t modify your phone.

4.    Report a lost or stolen device.

5.    Only download apps from a trusted source.

6.    Don’t open suspicious or unexpected attachments.

7.    Keep Bluetooth turned off when conducting mobile banking activity.

8.    Use secure networks.

9.    Review your accounts on a daily basis.


Andson Access and Sean's Success

By: Hannah Moore

Andson Access is Andson's non-profit networking program. Organizations and philanthropic individuals can sometimes have difficulty finding their way into each other's lives, so we step in to help make those connections! One particular young and caring individual, Sean Avne, recently completed an internship with the Global Charity Foundation through Andson Access. "I first came into contact with Andson Access through Anthony himself. Being able to learn more about non-profit companies seemed very interesting to me," he explained, "I then met Dr. Thukral of the Global Charity Foundation at an Andson-sponsored Tesla event. She was in need of an assistant, and I fit the bill!" The job consisted of Sean filling out grant applications, preparing for the annual gala, and using new technologies. "Being a part of Global Charity Foundation and working with Dr. Thukral was a fantastic experience!" The internship allowed Sean to take his UNLV class studies and apply them to real-world situations, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Through Andson Access, Andson provides hands-on experience to college students, better preparing them for whatever life may throw their way. Way to go, Sean!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Just a few of our wonderful tutors.

By Hannah Moore

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to take a moment to talk about our tutors. Not only do they teach in CCSD schools 5 days a week, they also spend endless hours, often on their own dime, grading papers, organizing materials, purchasing supplies, and doing countless other tasks outside of the classroom. On top of that, they choose to spend what little free time they may have helping the students of Andson. To call them selfless would be an understatement. This jam-packed schedule doesn't keep them from being super enthusiastic either; our teacher-tutors are always smiling, patient, and full of knowledgable energy to share in any learning environment. So, in the most genuine of heart, we want to say thank you. Thank you for all you are, and for all you do.

Have you thanked a teacher today?

Andson Review - Banking Made Simple!

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By Hannah Moore

First and foremost, Andson is not compensated for this endorsement. We just like to share what works for us!

Of the various resolutions we see come time and time again every New Year's, financial goals are a popular recurrence. As 2016 starts to unfold, Andson wants to help bring personal and financial resolutions to life and longevity. We are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to get people psyched about how they handle their money, and saving!

So Anthony set out on an investigative adventure for simpler banking... with Simple! Many banking apps are second in priority to the actual physical bank they are attached to. This results in the app being unavailable due to constant maintenance, or just having a general non user friendly system. "Because of my experience with banks who put little effort into their mobile banking, I became interested in finding ones with a great mobile friendly system," he explained. "Simple caught my attention very quickly!"

Simple Menu Page

Payment & Transfer Page

Anthony received a personal inquiry response within 24 hours.

Simple is a personal banking system that lets users take complete organizational control of their income and expenses. There are two components: the app itself, and a Visa card. You begin your journey with Simple through an uncomplicated application process. Then, after your card arrives in the mail, you can start customizing your finances on the Simple app. The app has an easy-to-use budgeting feature and even allows you to set savings goals. Simple is partnered with Bancorp Bank and is FDIC insured. "There are no fees and the card can be used at any ATM. The packaging that the card arrives in , and the card itself are also quite nice looking. I can't wait to explore more of the app's functions," Anthony reported. We will continue to catalog his time spent with Simple right here on the Andson blog. Check back soon for more updates!


Financial Mentoring: Anthony McTaggart writes for Edutopia

 

By Hannah Moore

Our committed and charismatic COO Mr. Anthony McTaggart is at it again! The popular educational resource website, Edutopia, has published a piece by Anthony about the importance of integrated financial literacy in all communities. And what exactly do we mean by integrated? "Financial education, literacy, curriculum, or planning -- whatever you want to call it, doesn't go as far if you don't pair it with practice," Anthony relayed to readers of Edutopia. "This was the idea that spurred the revolution we now see in Southern Nevada. We have students actively involved in learning about personal finance while actually saving money weekly," he continues on in the article. Andson's financial literacy program, Andson Money, has developed curriculum based on national standards. It covers everything from the basics of needs vs wants, to how advertising can influence a consumer's purchase choice. Andson strives to provide unique, engaging lessons in personal financial education to youth grades K-12. Anthony shared this information and more with the intent of guiding groups and educators who are interested in starting financial literacy in their own community.

The article can be found at the link HERE.