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Kids Learn Fundamentals of Leadership Through MyJobChart.com

February 3rd, 2014 - Category: Press Release

Kids learn leadership

 

Do an Internet search for the term “Leadership” and you will immediately find thousands of websites with long lists of famous, and not so famous, quotes on the subject. Each day, these words of wisdom from Presidents, Foreign Heads of State, Football Coaches, Philosophers and Business Leaders are used throughout the world in hopes driving someone to become a leader. However, actions always speak louder than words, and for the millions of children in organizations with the goal of building leaders, it’s always what you do that matters.

February is National Youth Leadership Month in the U.S. and MyJobChart.com is doing its part in helping prepare leaders by providing the means for kids to demonstrate responsibility, accountability, generosity and teamwork. In just about three years, nearly 600,000 kids have completed more than 20 Million jobs and earned nearly $3 million. Along the way, MJC kids have run lemonade stands, took dogs for walks, mowed grass and served as babysitters – all jobs that demonstrate leadership and could result in a new business.

“When it comes to becoming a leader, practice makes perfect,” said MyJobChart.com CEO and Founder Gregg Murset. “I applaud the organizations whose intent is to help kids become leaders and good citizen. However, this is a task much larger than these organizations. Kids 17 and under spend the majority of life split between school and home, and so, this is where the main effort has to be. As NFL Hall of Fame Football Coach Vince Lombardi said a long time ago – “Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.”

To help parents and schools reinforce leadership behavior, Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com offers the following suggestions:

 

1.  Lead, Don’t Follow – As a parent, do a better job of encouraging our child to be in front of the crowd and not following it. We often tell our kids to blend in, make friends and feel comfortable. Children should be challenged to find opportunities to be first, take on additional responsibilities or get involved at school and in their communities.

 

2. Respectfully Challenge Authority – Let your child know that it’s OK to have an opinion and to support that opinion, even to teachers and other adults. The key, however, is to always present a respectful and educated argument. As adults, your child will face a world full of individuals ready to tell them how wrong they are, so let them learn now how to state their case.

 

3. Support Their Passion – At some point children become passionate about something – school, art, sports, scouting, theater, music, etc. Parents should support this passion but always guide the child to play a larger role, be a vocal leader of a group or lead by example.

 

4. Don’t Praise Failure – Somewhere along the way we became a society where everyone had to win, everyone gets a trophy and no one was allowed to celebrate on the playing field because it made the other team feel bad. At some point everyone has to fail. When it happens, help your child learn from it, develop character from it and understand that in real life, many successful people have failed before achieving greatness. Remember Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, Bill Gates first company was a huge flop and Steve Jobs was fired by the company he started (Apple).

 

5.  Make Every Moment Count – There are always moments when any child will mumble “There’s nothing to do.” At that point, talk to your child about taking advantage of the temporary lull to work on a project associated with something they are involved in. Challenge them to work ahead in school, build a business plan, call others to work on a team project or practice a sport, or read about someone who has succeeded in life.

 

6. Always Stand Behind It – Accountability goes a long way in any phase of life. Teach your child that being accountable will gain them respect and demonstrate maturity. Show them the numerous examples when politicians, sports figures and young entertainers made mistakes and failed to be accountable. Then show examples of those who handled a bad situation totally different and how being accountable changed the public opinion.

 

About MyJobChart.com

MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. The company is the fastest growing online tool that brings together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility and accountability. Over the past two years, MyJobChart.com has accumulated nearly 600,000 members, who have completed more than 20 million jobs, earned roughly $3 million and donated to many charities including The United Way, Operation Smiles, MANNA Worldwide and Heifer International. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere.  For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com.

MyJobChart.com Welcomes Heifer International as Premier Charity

January 30th, 2014 - Category: Press Release

It is estimated that nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, are suffering from chronic undernourishment, and 1.3 million poor people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less. In order to bring increased awareness and funding to the global issue, MyJobChart.com and Heifer International are announcing a strategic alliance that will have Heifer International listed as one of premier charities on the MyJobChart.com website.

“We are very excited to list Heifer International as one of our premier charities,” said MyJobChart.com Founder and CEO Gregg Murset. “World hunger and poverty aren’t issues that can be solved overnight or by one organization. Our nearly 600,000 members will now have the chance to contribute to this great effort by completing assigned jobs and sharing their earnings.”

MyJobChart.com brings together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. In just about three years, MJC kids have completed over 20 million jobs and earned nearly $3 million.

Heifer International is a global nonprofit humanitarian assistance organization working to help end hunger and poverty, while at the same time protecting the environment. Heifer provides living gifts of area-appropriate livestock and training in environmentally sound agricultural practices to families in need to help lift themselves out of poverty to become self-reliant.

“It is great how MyJobChart.com empowers children to be responsible, both in the home and in the global community,” said Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari. “This constructive focus on the three steps of Save, Share, and Spend is admirable.  Being part of an approach that encourages a thoughtful way of living is inspiring.”

About MyJobChart.com

MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere.  For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com

 

About Heifer International

Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org call 1-888-5HUNGER (888-548-6437).

 

 

 

Kids Complete 20 Million Jobs Through MyJobChart.com

January 27th, 2014 - Category: Press Release

There has always been a silent workforce in America – our kids. Completing home chores for an allowance has been handed down from generation to generation, and our kids (the silent workforce) have learned about work ethic, responsibility and accountability by being able to complete assigned jobs.

Leading the way to help kids achieve success is MyJobChart.com, which today announced that its membership of nearly 600,000 has earned close to $2.5 million by completing over 20 million jobs. Already the fastest growing online job chart and reward system for families, MyJobChart.com has seen its membership grow by more than 900% in the last three years, demonstrating that parents are using modern technology to engage their kids and get jobs done.

“According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics there are 74 million kids under 18 years old currently in the U.S.,” noted MyJobChart.com CEO and Founder Gregg Murset. “This is an unbelievable workforce, but more so, it is also our future. It is extremely important that as parents we make sure our kids understand the meaning of work ethic, responsibility, accountability and managing money, so they are best prepared to be successful adults.”

Among the 20 million jobs completed by MyJobChart.com kids, brushing teeth, making beds and getting dressed on time rank at the top of the list. The Top 10 jobs completed are:

 

Brushing Teeth                                      2,632,191

Making The Bed                                    1,322,135

Get Dressed On Time                           1,057,970

Cleaning Bedroom                                   911,106

Comb/Brush Hair                                    854,358

Say Prayers                                                748,650

Do Homework                                          615,214

Clear Table After Meals                          612,482

Take Bath/Shower                                   546,409

Take Care of Pets                                     498,415

 

As kids complete jobs, MyJobChart.com keeps track of their earned points that they convert into money to save, share or spend. The site allows parents to set up bank accounts to teach the importance of saving; enables kids to share by donating to one of many charitable organizations and offers access to an integrated Amazon.com store where parents can purchase reward items or help kids learn responsible spending. The site doesn’t require financial incentives and parents can also create free rewards, such as a day at the park, extra TV time or a family bike ride.

 

About MyJobChart.com

MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere.  For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com

MyJobChart.com Partners with MANNA Worldwide to Help Needy Children

January 21st, 2014 - Category: Press Release

 

Scottsdale, AZ (January 20, 2014) – It’s no secret that poverty is a worldwide problem.  Currently it’s estimated that more than 1 billion people are lacking adequate access to clean drinking water, including an estimated 400 million children. Also due to improper funding or infrastructure, 19 million children worldwide remain unvaccinated and a quarter of all humans live without electricity (approximately 1.6 billion people).

To help bring increased awareness to these issues and raise money to support projects around the world, MyJobChart.com is announcing that MANNA Worldwide (www.mannaworldwide.com) has become a charity partner. As a MyJobChart.com charity partner, MANNA Worldwide will be listed alongside several other key charities that are able to receive donations directly from the more than 580,000 MyJobChart.com members.

“I hope that adding MANNA Worldwide to our list of charity partners is just the first step toward making a difference for one child, one family or one community,” noted MyJobChart.com Founder and CEO Gregg Murset. “This organization is working very hard to break the cycle of poverty for needy children around the world and I know that our members will use this opportunity to help.”

MANNA Worldwide, with 141 individual projects in more than 35 different countries, has a passion for helping needy children and their families around the world. Through partnerships with churches, missionaries, individuals, businesses, and local governments around the world, MANNA is able to provide food, clothing, medical assistance, educational assistance, and spiritual guidance to those marginalized by society.

“We are extremely encouraged and welcome the partnership between MANNA Worldwide and MyJobChart.com,” stated MANNA Founder and CEO Bruce O’Neal.  “We highly value and recognize the importance of training children for their future.  MyJobChart.com has pioneered a method of teaching our children both personal, as well as social, responsibility that is both fun and relevant to our culture.”

About MyJobChart.com

MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. Over the past two years, MyJobChart.com has accumulated nearly 600,000 members, having completed about 20 million jobs and earning roughly $3 million. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere.  For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com.

500,000 Members on My Job Chart!

October 14th, 2013 - Category: Press Release

NFL Superstar – Steve Young supports MyJobChart.com to boost kids potential

July 29th, 2013 - Category: Press Release

Steve Young is no stranger to reaching ones potential. He was a quarterback in the NFL for 14 seasons, named MVP (most valuable player) of the NFL in 1992 and 1994 and also the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the time of his retirement, he had the highest passer rating among NFL quarterbacks who have thrown at least 1,500 passing attempts, just to name a few of his professional athletic accomplishments.

Mr. Young is a Managing Partner and Co-founder of HGGC a leading middle market private equity investment firm.  Prior to his inception of HGGC, Mr. Young was a co-founder and Managing Director of Sorenson Capital, a private equity fund which focused on middle market leveraged buyouts in the Western United States. Previously, Mr. Young was a member in Northgate Capital, LLC, the general partner of Northgate Capital Partners, L.P., a fund of funds.

Since his retirement from the NFL he has been actively helping others reach their potential. Founded in 1993 The Forever Young Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges and provides academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to these children.

The Forever Young Foundation primarily focuses their efforts in Northern California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa. Their development projects include Forever Young Zones, which provide technology and multimedia labs for those living in underserved communities as well as state-of-the-art interactive play areas in children’s hospitals. They have also partnered with the National Football League in their nationwide development of Youth Education Town Centers (YET Centers) in each Super Bowl city. Our international initiatives include the building and expansion of schools in Ghana, Africa, as well as enhancing health, educational, and athletic opportunities for Ghanaian youth.

We at MyJobChart.com are proud to be partnering with Steve Young and his remarkable foundation to help kids reach their full potential as they learn early in life the importance of establishing a positive work ethic.

This wonderful organization is now available in our system as a charity that you can have your children “share” with.

Stopping the Boomerang Effect: Teach Kids About Work and Money or They’ll Keep Coming Back

July 1st, 2013 - Category: My Job Chart

 

Live with Bill Handle, LA’s #1 Drive Time Radio Host:  Kids and Money – Part 1 in a 5 part series with Gregg Murset, CFP

Gregg Murset, founder of MyJobChart.com, says, “It all boils down to the fundamentals.  You either teach your children to be financially responsible when they are 7 or you teach them when they are 27 and have come back to freeload off of you.”

A stunning 39% of adults ages 18-34 come back to live with their parents.

Even Bill Handle,  LA’s #1 drive time radio host,  admits to moving back in with his parents at the age of 34.

Are these kids home for a quick respite after a lost job or are they home to eat their parents food, use their car, and selfishly delay their parents retirement?

Click here to listen to this interview and hear more.

 

 

 

Shari’s Family Sends Notes Through MyJobChart.com

January 30th, 2013 - Category: My Job Chart

 

I absolutely love the sticky notes feature on MyJobChart.  It is so unique and not even possible with other chore charts.  It’s wonderful to be able to personalize a quick message of encouragement or love to each of my boys.  They love writing me back and I even received a message from my son scolding me by saying that I “hadn’t written him in a month!”

 

 

They usually tell me instantly when they’ve written me a message and they wait with excitement for me to read it; but there are other times on busy mornings when they are already off to school and it’s a nice surprise when I get the email alert that I have a message from them.  It truly is a great way to connect to each other!

Shari N.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

January 8th, 2013 - Category: My Job Chart

Since the beginning of the new year, we have had a chance to look back and take note of all that MyJobChart.com has accomplished and look ahead to what is in store.  Of course none of what is accomplished could be done without the participation of all of you, the parents and kids that use MyJobChart.com.  For instance, did you know that there are currently 287,450 members signed up, over 12.9 million jobs that have been completed, and over 144 million points that have been accumulated on MyJobChart.com.  If you ask me, that makes for a cleaner, happier, more productive, and more responsible generation.

Our children, and I say our, because I’m not only the founder but my kids use MyJobChart.com too, are growing up with a stronger sense of what it takes to earn a dollar.  They are learning how to obey and the benefits of it.  All in all, we are reaping the benefits of chores.

But don’t take my word for it.  Janelle, from Kansas says, “I love MyJobChart.com because it helps my kids be more responsible about getting their chores done.”  Or Doug, from Ohio says, “My wife was pulling her hair out one day because the house was a mess and the kids wouldn’t help.  I found MyJobChart.com online and we started it the next day.  Since then, my kids are asking to help and my wife is enjoying our home again.”

You’re experience with MyJobChart.com may be similar to these.  Whatever the outcome, I hope it is a good one.  We would love it if you could share how MyJobChart.com has helped in your house.  And we’d love to hear any suggestions of how we may improve as well.

In fact, it was a parent that asked if we could make MyJobChart.com accessible from her smart phone.  Well, you talked and we listened.  I’m excited to announce that by the end of this month we will be launching a new iphone/ipad app as well as an android app.  Now you can check chores done and receive messages even when you’re not at home.

Speaking of messages, there have been over 211,000 messages sent to kids and over 133,000 messages sent to parents on our clever message board.  If you aren’t already using MyJobChart.com, sign up today and you could join in on the millions of chores that are being completed today!

MyJobChart.com Works For Michele’s Family

December 12th, 2012 - Category: My Job Chart

Hi! Here’s our story of a recent experience with your website.

We have been using MyJobChart.com for probably over a year, and we like it.

In August, my 11 year old niece came to live with us. As far as we know, she was never expected to do chores before, aside from cleaning her own room when it was really awful. We were shocked when she immediately latched onto the system of MyJobChart.com.   She is a high energy kid and was actually asking for more housework to do so that:

One, she would have something to do

And

Two, so that she could earn points. (or in other words, MONEY :)

It took time to teach her how to do chores.  Her favorite part was adding prizes as she thought of them.

Because of my niece’s upbringing, she was totally impulsive anytime we would walk into a store. I had to say, “No, we can’t buy that. It isn’t on my list…” dozens of times. When her job chart was set up, I could say, “We’ll put it on your prize list when we get home.” Many times, she didn’t even remember, but if she did, then we would add it. She eventually earned a used iPod Nano, a folding zebra chair, a pillow with an iPod speaker inside, and a set of BFF (Best Friends Forever)  necklaces for her and a friend. (Now I am not lavish with points — she really did that much work!)

Another benefit was that when she would say “Let’s all go to Dairy Queen! I want a Dairy Queen treat tonight! ” I could say “Do you want to spend 2000 of your points to buy a treat for everyone?” and that would be the end of that conversation!  And when she started asking if we could fly her back to her mom, it was easy to say, “Can you earn 40,000 points?  That would be close to half of a ticket. No? Hmmm.” (mean ol’ Aunt Michele)

With the MyJobChart.com system, she learned many lessons.  She learned delayed gratification by having to wait until she had enough points to buy a certain prize.  She also learned that she is an impulsive buyer, and that she doesn’t actually want most of what she asks for. She learned the value of a dollar, the price of objects, and how much work it takes to earn them. And she found joy in earning her prizes. Hopefully now she will take better care of what she has worked for.

Unfortunately she has gone back to live with her mom, but we trust that she won’t forget all that she has learned while living with us!

So, thanks for such a useful tool.  MyJobChart.com helped us during a difficult time for our family!

Michele K

 

CHOICE Humanitarian partners with MyJob Chart.com to help with Poverty

October 9th, 2012 - Category: Press Release

 

My Job Chart is proud to partner with CHOICE Humanitarian.  CHOICE Humanitarian envisions a world free from the ravages of extreme poverty, where all people are treated with dignity and valued for who they are and the unique contribution they bring.  With support from their donors and partners, CHOICE Humanitarian connects motivated villages to resources and tools that allow villagers to change their lives.  By building skills, capacities and leadership of the villagers, entire communities can break the cycle of poverty.

 

 

CHOICE Humanitarian is a strategic non-governmental agency currently working in five countries, Kenya, Nepal, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico.  Their overriding goal is to end extreme poverty and improve quality of life through a bottom-up, self-developing village-centered approach.