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FINANCIAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE

www.moneythink.org Tax ID 27-1052771

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Moneythink is a mentoring organization that connects talented college mentors to high school students. Through peer-mentoring, students learn the importance of financial responsibility and entrepreneurial resourcefulness. The Moneythink curricular model of financial life skills and entrepreneurship features lessons on credit, debt, saving, marketing, decision-making, and hands-on project management.

Mentors engage and educate students through computer research activities, pop-culture case-study discussions, venture brainstorms, and enterprise launches. Through “Moneythinking,” students not only gain practical business skills, but they also become leaders experienced in critical thinking and public speaking.  
 

What makes us different:

We don't just teach our students: we engage and develop friendships and relationships with our students.  We believe the most effective form of education stems from building an environment in which our students interact with their mentors as friends and partners--not just talked at as lesser individuals.

Most notably, Moneythink is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by college students!

Since September 2008, Moneythink has experienced significant growth:
  • 760 program graduates and counting
  • Over 200 college mentors across the country
  • Featured in and endorsed by the Chicago Tribune & Chicago Weekly
  • Nominated for the Chicago Innovation Awards
  • Global Finalist in the Sparkseed Social Innovation Competition
  • New York Stock Exchange "Top 100" Social Venture
 
BY the year 2020, Moneythink aims to be the nation's premeir collegiate mentoring organization.
 

Visit our website to find out more about us and how you can help:          www.moneythink.org

Now...if your awesome and still reading:

Here in the Sout-Side of Chicago, we teach in Chicago Public Schools:

Charter Perspective High School                                                                                             Woodlawn Charter High School                                                                                                 Hales Franciscan High School

Why We Teach Financial Literacy:

Currently, only eight states require a course with personal finance content in high school, and only seven require students to take a personal finance course to graduate. The consequences of ignorance are drastic, as a lack of knowledge of basic finance—saving, loans, debt, and retirement—is positively linked to excessive debt. It is no surprise then that the number of 18-24-year-olds declaring bankruptcy has increased 96 percent in 10 years; and in 2002, more people filed for bankruptcy than graduated from college.

While our public schools face major funding cuts and operate on tight budgets, they have focused on the bare bones of education. But financial literacy, though a buzzword, is not a priority. It must become one: it is a critical tool of life students need to succeed beyond the classroom in the real world.

Where Moneythink comes into the equation:

Moneythink teaches Chicago's urban youth how make smart financial decisions and become future entreprenuers and business leaders.  

Praise and Recognition of Our Work:

We have even been endorsed by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for our success.  In fact, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Weekly can only gush about our commitment to the South-Side of Chicago and combatting financial iliteracy and poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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