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
Ben is a fourth-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.
Jake is a third-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 Engagement
Jackie is a third-year Economics major with an Astrophysics 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, Women in Business, Tamid Consulting, and enjoys playing soccer, running, and going downtown in her spare time.
Director of Internal Operations
Christian is a Computer Science and Business Economics major in his third year. He went on a two-year mission trip to Brazil that spurred his love for teaching. He joined Moneythink his sophomore year and loves to make a personal connection with his students. Outside of Moneythink, he makes iOS apps and writes for the Intercollegiate Finance Journal and the Undergraduate Philosophy Review.
Director of Outreach
Skye is a third-year studying Business Economics and Public Policy. After joining Moneythink in fall of her first-year, she fell in love with mentoring and working with students to make an impact. Outside of Moneythink, Skye is an athlete on the UChicago Soccer and Track teams. She enjoys cooking and lifting weights in her free time.
Director of Technology
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.
Director of Finance
Savon is a junior studying Economics and Public Policy. He joined Moneythink in the fall of his second year excited to make his presence felt in the Hyde Park and South Side Chicago community. At Moneythink, Savon dedicates time to finding innovative solutions to problems and working passionately with young minds to impart knowledge of important fiscal concepts. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball games, cooking, and reading.
Director of Curriculum
Ashwin is a third-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.
JOIN THE TEAM
Our next recruitment cycle will be in Spring 2022!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions