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.
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 ultimately 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
Our Incredible Leadership
Rhea is a second-year studying Mathematics and Economics. She joined Moneythink in the fall of her first year, as she really loved mentoring and teaching others while in high school and wanted to connect with students across the broader Chicago community. Outside of Moneythink, she is a member of Eckhart Consulting and Women in Business. She also enjoys cooking with friends and binge-watching Homeland and Grey's Anatomy.
Jackie is a third-year Economics major with a History minor. She joined Moneythink fall of her first year and loves having the exposure to the South Side community through mentoring. Outside of Moneythink Jackie is a part of Prism Consulting, enjoys playing pick-up soccer, running, and going downtown in her spare time.
Director of Internal Operations
Arman is a second-year studying Statistics and Economics. He joined Moneythink in the spring of his first year after developing a passion for mentorship and teaching in high school and wanted to pursue that love further while in college. Outside of Moneythink, he is a member of the TAMID group and the Undergraduate Investment Banking Group. He also enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music and watching the Philadelphia Eagles.
Director of Outreach
Will is a second-year student studying Economics and Philosophy. He joined Moneythink as a first-year wanting to get more involved in the surrounding South Side community. He loves spending time outdoors and depending on the season you can find him skiing, surfing, or mountain biking (and sometimes all three). Will also enjoys cooking and, at some point, you will probably find him in the Reg watching recipes on YouTube.
Director of Technology
Henry is a second-year studying Statistics and Computer Science. He joined Moneythink in the winter of his second year, as he mentored and taught financial literacy in High school. He wants to continue his work by teaching and mentoring students across the broader Chicago community. Outside of Moneythink, he is a member of Undergrad Investment Banking Group and intramural soccer. He also enjoys listening to DJs, skiing and going to the beach with friends.
Director of Finance
Riley is a second-year studying Economics and Philosophy. He joined Moneythink in the fall of his first year and has loved mentoring students. Outside of Moneythink Riley is a member of The Blue Chips and the Financial Markets program. He also enjoys playing Chess and binge watching movies.
Director of Curriculum
Madeline is a second-year majoring in Economics with a Specialization in Data Science. She joined Moneythink in the spring of her first year to form mentorship relationships with students in the South Side community and have an impact beyond UChicago. Outside of Moneythink, she is the Head of Engagement for Promontory Investment Research and a TA for the economics department. She also enjoys running, biking, crosswords, and catching up on Love Island with friends.
Director of Engagement
Jamie is a second-year studying Economics and Psychology. She joined MoneyThink the fall of her first year, because she wanted to continue her passion for mentoring others that developed through leading her high school’s Peer Tutoring Program. She has appreciated the opportunities MoneyThink has given her to connect with the greater South Side community and immerse herself in Chicago culture beyond the University. Outside of MoneyThink, Jamie is a member of Women in Business, Trott Business Program, and enjoys working out, listening to podcasts, and exploring downtown Chicago with friends.