Congrats to Moneythink- White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Be Chicagood

The votes are in for the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge, a competition for college students addressing social awareness issues, like homelessness, hunger, sustainability concerns, and more.

Voters had until March 3 to choose from 15 final candidates. The top five vote recipients, who will attend a White House event and host an episode of mtvU’s signature program Dean’s List. One of the 5 winners a University of Chicago project, Moneythink.

Moneythink mobilizes students at the University of Chicago to help local urban teenagers learn better financial skills. It is a national student movement that mentors urban high schoolers in financial life skills and entrepreneurship. By doing this, they believe a generation of financially responsible consumers and entrepreneurial problem solvers will be created. Currently only 15 states require a course with personal finance content in high school, and only 13 require students to take a personal finance course to graduate. Moneythink believes that this ignorance of providing financial education to young Americans has contributed to excessive debt. That’s where Moneythink steps in.

Moneythink offers ten week financial literacy and entrepreneurship courses that focus on building critical life skills like money management, leadership, and goal setting. The courses are taught by undergraduate college students who are mentors, not teachers, and whose privileged position allows them to transcend the age barrier to build a relationship of trust.

You can support Moneythink by first following their Blog, Facebook, and Twitter. They are always looking for advisors, mentors and guest speakers. Check their Take Action  page for more information on how to help the movement!

Other Winners include:

Ryan Harb—The UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative transforms grass lawns on campus into edible, low-maintenance gardens.

Julia Lyon—Full Circle Food Pantry at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville feeds needy students on and off campus.

Grace Phillipp—At Grinnell College, Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell manages the Local Loans Project, a microfinance program that combats rural poverty in central Iowa.

Thach Tak Nguyen—Swipes for the Homeless at the University of California at Los Angeles feeds homeless people in the area by allowing students to donate their unused campus meals.



Moneythink has officially been stamped-
Chicagood by the Chi-Town Project!



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