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Hunterdon County Library hosts ‘PitBulls’: financial literacy program for teens

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Hunterdon County Commissioner Director Zach Rich, Deputy Director Jeff Kuhl, and Commissioner Shaun Van Doren on Saturday attended a special Financial Literacy Program, called PitBulls, at the Main Branch Library, in Raritan.

The program was open to ages 12-18 years of age, and parents were encouraged to participate as well. Known as the “Ultimate Market Simulation Game”, PitBulls is a fast-paced Wall Street trading game that offers as much excitement as the market.

The game simulates the real-life showdown of the stock market and focuses on the participants mastery of estimation, probability, and negotiation associated with the market.

“The PitBulls game is a wonderful way to combine financial literacy education and fun for teenagers. The competitive nature of navigating each level, keeps the player engaged and makes learning easy. Teaching programs like this should be offered regularly for all young adults,” Rich said.

The developer of the game, Michael Steiner was in attendance for the workshop and demonstrated to participants the games design to become progressively more complex as one navigates the various levels of simulated stock trading.

Steiner is a former Wall Street derivatives trader that, over many years and with help from friends, made the PitBulls game so that he could personally have more fun at his job teaching high school.

Steiner formally taught mock trading to college grads at SIG-NY, a trading firm. Some of those former students are working with him at the company he founded just recently, IniTrade, where his motto is “playing is the best way to learn.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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