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Howard's Y-Fi Challenge set for Feb. 1

The local nonprofit MakingChange is holding the third annual Y-Fi Challenge Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kittleman Room at Howard Community College in Columbia.

The Y-Fi Challenge is a financial planning event for students ages 12-18 and their parents, where participants will face real life situations in a simulation atmosphere. Students will have to plan, set goals and make decisions in a manner similar to those who are choosing a careers and trying to keep budgets.

Through the simulation, students will visit stations manned by representatives of local business to discuss financial needs like transportation, insurance, banking, housing, utilities and clothing.

Support for the Y-Fi Challenge is provided by BGE, M&T Bank, Nationwide Insurance, Wells Fargo, Allen & Shariff Corporation, FAI Wealth Management, the Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation and Northwest Savings Bank.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, go to For more information about MakingChange, go to

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