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
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 Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching baseball, sci-fi TV shows, and searching for authentic New York bagels.
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 Finance
Jake is a first-year student studying Economics with a specialization in Data Science. He joined Moneythink in the winter of his first year to make an impact within the local community. In his free time he enjoys trying new things, exploring Chicago’s food scene, and getting lost on random Wikipedia pages.
Director of Internal Operations
Ben is a second-year studying Mathematics and Economics. After tutoring students in mathematics throughout high school, he came to campus intent upon making a realizable impact through education. Enter Moneythink, which combined his love of teaching with a unique opportunity to engage with students across Chicago. He enjoys cooking Italian food with his roommates, Vox videos, and watching the Champions League.
Director of Operations
Jasmine is a third-year Public Policy major and joined Moneythink the winter of 2018. She is excited to spend her last year as the College being the Director of Operations. She enjoys working with kids, dancing with her company, and goofing around with friends.
Director of Technology
Harrison is a third-year Statistics major. Outside of class, you can find him giving tours of campus, working as a Resident Assistant, 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
Amrit is a second-year from the Seattle area majoring in statistics and economics. He joined Moneythink in the spring of 2019 to find like-minded people looking to give back to the surrounding community. He's looking forward to finding new ways that Moneythink mentors can expand their reach and make their message more effective. Outside of Moneythink, Amrit is passionate about basketball, movies, and basketball-themed movies.
Director of Engagement
Ashwin is a second-year Economics major with a minor in Cinema and Media Studies. He joined Moneythink in the fall of his first year and loves interacting with students. Outside of Moneythink, he is a tour guide in the Admissions Office, part of the South Asian Student Association Membership Committee, and participates in the ChoMun Model UN Conference hosted by UChicago. He enjoys pop culture discussions, eating at Nando’s, and watching the NBA.