• The University of Chicago

    MONEYTHINK

  • 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.

  • Moneythink UChicago

    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

    PERSONAL FINANCE

    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.

  • PROVEN RESULTS

    In the classroom, we deliver results that promote financial capability.

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    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

    Our students see the lasting impact of Moneythink. Here's what some of them had to say.

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    "It was more than just teaching financial literacy; it was teaching us to be effective members of society"

    - Jeremiah Douchee

    Moneythink Graduate

     

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    "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

    Moneythink Graduate

     

  • RECOGNITION

    Moneythink has consistently been honored for the work that we do.

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    White House

     

    Champions of Change Award

     

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    Chicago Tribune

     

    "College students lay out fiscal facts for teens"

     

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    MTV

     

    "Celebrating The #WHchamps"

     

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    Harvard Business Review

     

    "What Job Candidates Really Want"

     

  • Moneythink UChicago

    OUR APPROACH

  • OUR APPROACH

    In the classroom, we combine technology with the personal touch of near-peer mentorship

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    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.

     

  • Moneythink UChicago

    OUR TEAM

  • Moneythink UChicago

    LEADERSHIP

  • WHO WE ARE

    Our Incredible Leadership

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    Mandy Liu

    President

    Mandy is a third-year studying Economics and Sociology. She joined Moneythink in the fall of her first year as she wanted to continue helping and mentoring others in a more hands-on and practical way. Outside of Moneythink, she is also the Director of Consulting Education for TAMID. In her spare time, she enjoys diversifying her music preferences, solving NYT crosswords, and playing intramural volleyball and softball.

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    Ivy Wang

    President

    Ivy is a third-year studying Economics. She joined Moneythink the fall of her first year and has loved mentoring students and connecting with the broader Chicago community. Outside of Moneythink, she is a member of Phoenix Development Fund and works as a communications assistant at IFK. She also enjoys watching Formula 1, playing violin, and exploring restaurants around Chicago.

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    Veda Swaminathan

    Director of Internal Operations

    Veda is a second year studying Economics and Public Policy. She joined Moneythink the fall of her first year to continue working with high school students on developing important life skills and because she wanted to contribute to the Chicago community in a positive way. Outside Moneythink, Veda is involved all over UChicago’s campus, working as as tour guide in the admissions office and participating in other clubs like Model UN, Women in Business, and the Undergraduate Investment Banking Group. Veda enjoys knitting, painting, watching silly sitcoms, reading, and hanging out with her friends!

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    Shashank Beri

    Director of Outreach

    Shashank is a third-year studying Statistics and Economics. He joined MoneyThink in the Spring of his first year, as he wanted to continue to volunteering in his community and has truly enjoyed being involved with the Southside Chicago community. Outside of MoneyThink, he is a member of GothamChi and a photographer for Bite Magazine. He also enjoys playing basketball and golf, cooking, and photography.

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    Hudson Beaudoin

    Director of Technology

    Hudson Beaudoin is a second year studying Economics and Psychology. He joined MoneyThink in the spring of his first year to continue building on his mentorship background in high school and to get more involved in the Southside community. Outside of MoneyThink, he is a member of TAMID, Intercollegiate Finance Journal, and UIBG. Hudson enjoys playing tennis, chess, watching football, and spending time with friends.

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    Joyce Huang

    Director of Finance

    Joyce is a third-year studying Economics with a Specialization in Business and French. Throughout high school, she mentored students from Boston Public Schools, so she joined Moneythink in the fall of her second year to continue mentoring students and supporting public school systems. On campus, she is also a member of the UChicago Real Estate Investment Group. She also enjoys trying new restaurants, reading, and biking.

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    Jess Yu

    Director of Curriculum

    Jess is a second year majoring in Economics and Music. She joined MoneyThink in the spring of her first year because she wanted to connect and help the broader Chicago community. Outside of MoneyThink, she is part of Promontory Investment Research and the Piano Program. She enjoys exploring the city and trying new foods.

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    Keith Leight

    Director of Curriculum

    Keith is a second year studying Data Science and Art History. He joined Moneythink in the fall of his first year to continue his passion for teaching financial literacy. In high school, Keith created and taught a financial literacy curriculum for Breakthrough Miami, a non-profit providing after-school enrichment for under-resourced students. Outside of Moneythink, he is a member of Financial Markets. Keith enjoys going to the gym, watching basketball and football, and hanging out with friends.

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    Andrei Leonov

    Director of Curriculum

    Andrei is a third-year student studying economics with a specialization in data science. He joined Moneythink in the Fall of his second year to take advantage of the unique opportunity to teach students valuable lessons in financial literacy that are applicable for the rest of their lives. Outside of Moneythink, Andrei is on the tennis team and also enjoys playing basketball, going fishing, watching thrillers, and watching sports.

  • Spring 2024 Mentors

     

    Juan Pablo Altamirano

    Clyde Applegate
    Klaudia Barbarossa
    Hudson Beaudoin
    Langley Beaudoin
    John Beecher
    Daniel de Beer
    Shashank Beri
    Caelin Bradshaw
    Reid Broughton
    NouNou Chang
    Max Chasin
    Sebastian Corso
    Lucia Brunton-Dardaris
    Soupy De

    Charles Dillon

    Josh Erched

     

    Lila di Florio
    Teddy Foley
    Lou Fontaine
    Emil Grantcharov
    Dakota Harris
    Jenny Hu
    Joyce Huang
    Cameron Jasper
    Danny Kalarical
    Charles Kaswan
    Casey Kemp
    Matt Kim
    Emma Krylov
    Mikel Larraza
    Keith Leight

    Nathalie Lelogeais

    Andrei Leonov

    Winston Li

     

    Alex Liakeas
    Matthew Liew
    Nick Lorr
    Jacob Lowen
    Sam Lublinsky
    Liam Matney
    Victor Mikheev
    Mia Nathan
    Marco Parisse
    Monica Volini Paños
    Taran Ramchandani
    Jillian Robertson
    Teddy Robinson
    Yoav Rosenthal

    Mia Sanders

    Rhea Sanger

    Aryan Satiya

    Shiv Sawhney

     

    Brett Suazo

    Veda Swaminathan

    Adam Taheri

    Ximena Valverde

    Carola Vaqueiro

    Ethan Waggoner

    John Walentowicz

    Ivy Wang

    Ivan Wei

    Jack Wells

    Page Wildridge

    Kiefer Wood

    Jess Yu

    Robert Zhang

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • JOIN THE TEAM

    Key Dates:

    Application Opens: Monday 3/18

    Info Session I: Wednesday 3/20, 6-7pm at Stuart 104

    Info Session II: Thursday, 3/21 at 7-8pm in Stuart 102

    Application Closes: Saturday 3/23 at 5pm

  • CONNECT

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

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    Moneythink National

     

    Moneythink.org

     

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    Instagram

     

    @ucmoneythink

     

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    Email

     

    moneythink.uchicago@gmail.com