WHAT WE DO
Recognized by President Obama as one of America’s most promising social innovations, Moneythink is the only movement of young people working to restore the economic health of the United States through financial education.
We recruit and train college volunteers to serve as near-peer role models, college mentors, and financial coaches to low-income teens in high school classrooms within our communities. In partnership with schools and community organizations, our volunteers lead 11th-and-12th-graders through a program focused on the real-world financial decisions that young people face.
Through our program, young people work together to build strong relationships, engage in meaningful dialogue, and take practical action toward their financial and career goals. Our volunteers deliver programming at the local partner site, in a student-to-mentor ratio of 5-to-1 or less, once per week for a full school year.
WHAT WE TEACH
THREE MODULE STRUCTURE
We've recruited some of the most talented students at the University of Chicago. They have become our mentors, and work with students at our partnerships across the City of Chicago. Each of our mentors is trained in teaching the following courses
This introductory course is built to provide our students with a foundation of personal finance knowledge, with a specific focus on common pitfalls as well as actions they can begin to take in order to ensure their financial stability in the future.
COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS
The winter module focuses on preparing students for life post high school graduation. Whether or not our mentees plan on going to college we want to provide them with the resources to succeed both academically and professionally.
MONEY TANK: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The final course in the Moneythink programs revolves around entrepreneurship. We work with our students to solve community issues and build up company ideas. The lessons help students build up a business plan that ultimitaley culminates in our city wide pitch competition, Money Tank.
In the classroom, we deliver results that promote financial capability.
Moneythink Mentors have a huge impact on their students' lives -
Here are some of our measured results.
76% of students believe they have the opportunity to become financially successful
49% increase in student's ability to manage their own finances
39% increase in student's belief that they will be more financially successful than their parents
48% increase in household discussions of money management
86% of students plan to graduate from college
Our students see the lasting impact of Moneythink. Here's what some of them had to say.
"It was more than just teaching financial literacy; it was teaching us to be effective members of society"
- Jeremiah Douchee
"Moneythink gave us a break from the boring lectures, to actually interact with someone and have dialogue- that’s what I loved best about Moneythink"
- Nnaji Iwunze
In the classroom, we combine technology with the personal touch of near-peer mentorship
Each student is assigned a mentor who works with them individually, providing support and guidance inside and outside of the classroom.
We maintain a 5:1 student to mentor ratio so that each student gets the attention they deserve.
Working with our students in a near-peer mentorship format allows our mentors to connect with our students to have a high impact and cultivate meaningful relationships in which students look up to mentors, ask them important questions about their financial concerns, and become financially capable young adults.
WHO WE ARE
Sahana is a 4th year the University of Chicago double majoring in Economics and Public Policy, with a specialization in Environmental Economics/Policy. She joined Moneythink during the fall quarter of her first year, mentored at five high schools, and has loved the organization ever since. This upcoming year, she hopes to introduce new initiatives that connect Moneythink students with the UChicago campus and provide them with resources that not only teach financial literacy, but also bolster practical, college readiness skills. She is excited to see Moneythink grow and partner with more classrooms across the South Side of Chicago! Apart from being involved in Moneythink, she is the President of the Girls Who Invest National Alumni Council, Show Director for the South Asian Students Association, Executive Board Member for CampusCatalyst, and a Team Competitor on UChicago Moot Court. She loves Bharatanatyam, a South Indian form of classical dance, yoga, and badminton!
Hannah is a fourth-year economics and Spanish double major at the University of Chicago. Her goals for the year include expanding the chapter’s impact measurement tools, strengthening partnerships with Chicago schools, and hosting financial literacy events on the UChicago campus. Hannah has been with Moneythink since the spring of 2017. She was a Team Captain at Urban Prep Englewood, and has also taught at MetroSquash and EPIC Academy.
Director of Finance
Karina is a fourth-year public policy major specializing in finance and minoring in art history.
She joined Moneythink spring of her first year to try to get out of the UChicago bubble and learn about the south side, and because she knows financial literacy is IMPORTANT!!
Her favorite activities include eating fried chicken, baking cookies/cakes, learning about history and archaeology and (obviously) teaching for Moneythink!!
Director of Internal Operations
Aaron is a third-year studying Economics and Statistics. He joined Moneythink in January 2018 to find a community organized around giving meaningful service to others.
He enjoys racketball, the NYT daily mini (will challenge anyone to a competition), and having an empty inbox.
Director of Operations
Cynthia has been with Moneythink since the winter of 2018 and is majoring in Public Policy and Environmental & Urban Studies. In her free time, you can find her cooking, baking, or talking about being from Texas.
Director of Technology
Harrison is a third-year Statistics major. Outside of class, you can find him giving tours of campus, listening to indie rock, or mentoring with Moneythink, as he has been since winter 2018. If you see him, ask him to talk about how he is from New York City.
Director of Analytics
Jasmine Guerrier is a third-year Public Policy major. She was born in Chicago, but grew up in Southern California. She's currently the Director of Analytics, and her passion for education drives her desire to measure the great impact Moneythink leaves on youth around Chicago.
Director of Engagement
Abby is a third-year student majoring in biology, with an interest in how the fields of science and business interact. After teaching an after school program in high school, she knew she wanted to the opportunity to work with students in the South Side of Chicago. As Director of Engagement, Abby is in charge of weekly meetings, new mentor training, and social events that help unite the Moneythink team. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching baseball, sci-fi TV shows, and searching for authentic New York bagels.