I have a degree in animation and I have been using Flash for more than eight years. I have been using Photoshop and After Effects for a little less than that.
If you would like to learn some graphics/animation software cheaply I can help.
I have helped teach flash in workshops and schools so I have experience with ages from 8 to 50, any age welcome.
When I first started in flash I had no one to help so I'm mostly self taught. A lot of teenagers that use flash would really benefit from someone to help them understand the program and the art of animation.