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Friends and Neighbors: Lawyer writes ‘Blue Chip Kids,’ a finance book for youngsters

David Bianchi presented his easy-to-read finance book for kids at Books & Books in Coral Gables. PJ Newcomm, Charles Silva, Catarina Silva and Jack Silva attended to get a head start learning about money, investing, and the stock market.
David Bianchi presented his easy-to-read finance book for kids at Books & Books in Coral Gables. PJ Newcomm, Charles Silva, Catarina Silva and Jack Silva attended to get a head start learning about money, investing, and the stock market.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and those who step up as surrogate dads, who help make a positive difference for children.

David Bianchi of Coral Gables is both of these. The father and lawyer has made it his passion to teach young people about money, the stock market, and investing.

His project started as a gift for his own 13-year-old son when he found there was hardly anything on store bookshelves to teach teens about money.

What he ultimately created is the bright yellow book called Blue Chip Kids filled with easy-to-read-and-understand information, and cute little drawings and charts.

And now, even parents are sneaking peeks at the financial tips he presents.

“There is such an unmet need in the financial literacy space which explains why parents and kids alike are responding so enthusiastically to the simplicity of the book’s presentation,” Bianchi said. “A financial education does not need to be overly complicated or boring.”

What kids (and their parents) don’t know about money has surprised even Bianchi at his book events.

On a recent weekend, he took a camera crew and went out into the streets to interview young people at random in Coconut Grove and South Miami. He wanted to see what they knew about money, investing and the stock market.

“All I can say is, ‘OMG.’ You can’t believe what people don’t know,” he said. He realized yet again that so many young persons have no idea about financial matters because no one has ever taken the time to talk to them.

Blue Chip Kids needs to be the ‘911’ response to a financial literacy emergency,” he said. “Students and parents alike recognize that they need this help right now and they are not ashamed to say so.” He played the on-the-street video interviews at book events for children at Books & Books and Gibraltar Bank.

Bianchi said he continues to be surprised at the book’s reception and is now in talks for a television show based on the book, as well as possible programs for South Florida schools.

“There seems to be no limit to the interest in this,” he said.

Blue Chip Kids covers 100 topics and has 160 kid-friendly cartoons or illustrations. It is definitely easy to read, and not boring. And as Bianchi asks, “What parent doesn’t want their children to be “money smart” and have a head-start in life?”

“The best gift I could hope to ever receive for Father’s Day would be for my son to say, ‘Hey Dad, thanks for this book. I have read it, I understand it and thanks to you I am smarter about money matters than I was before.’ What father wouldn’t want that?”

To learn more about Bianchi and find out where you can buy Blue Chip Kids, (just for your kids, of course), check out www.bluechipkids.com/

Gator Greats

Congratulations to three brothers and Miami natives who have given much to help their community. The University of Florida Association of Hispanic Alumni recently celebrated its 12th annual Gator Guayabera Guateque and honored Cesar L. Alvarez, Arturo Alvarez and Carlos Alvarez.

The brothers, all lawyers, received the Gran Caimán award for their professional and community outreach and achievements.

The event to recognize the Gator Greats is the UF-AHA signature event and raises funds for UF student scholarships. More than 150 people attended the celebration held at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, where alumni and their family members and friends enjoyed music, dancing, and food all while celebrating Gator pride.

Event organizers said Cesar L. Alvarez earned his Juris Doctor with highest honors in 1972, his MBA in 1970, and his B.S. in 1969 all from the UF. He serves as a Co-Chairman of Greenberg Traurig.

Arturo Alvarez received his B.A. in Political Science in 1970 and his Juris Doctor in 1972 from UF. He has served in numerous private and government sectors of law and was recently inducted into the city of North Miami Hall of Fame as part of the city’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

Carlos Alvarez earned his B.A. in Political Science with high honors from UF in 1972, while playing as an award-winning wide receiver for the Gator football team. He earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Duke University in 1975. He is an environmental and land use attorney and currently serves as an adjunct professor with the UF Levin College of Law. He was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1986.

For more on upcoming events sponsored by the UF-AHA, visit http://aha.ufalumni.ufl.edu/

If you have news for this column, please send it to christinammayo@gmail.com

If you have news for this column, please send it to Christina Mayo at christinammayo@gmail.com.

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