Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer. – Author Unknown

Economic Concepts

Looking for a way to help students in grades 1-8 learn more about our economy in a fun and creative way?  Consider sharing your time and expertise while helping Econ Illinois to promote our Economic Concepts Poster Contest.  This contest:

•  Helps students become more competent decision makers

•  Better prepare students for their role in our economic system

•  Is hands-on, age appropriate and easily integrated into the classroom curriculum

As a VOLUNTEER, your role will be to help teach one or both of the economic concepts aligned to the students' grade level. Volunteers are provided with simple lessons for the classroom.

Grades 1-2: Goods & Services, Producers & Consumers

Grades 3-5: Choice and Opportunity Cost, Productive Resources

Grades 6-8: Scarcity, Specialization

Opportunity Cost

Once the lessons are complete, students create a color drawing to demonstrate their understanding of the concept.  Teachers then submit their students' entries to their regional center for judging.

Regional winners in five regions throughout the state are awarded prizes and advance to the state competition. Twelve state winners are awarded prizes and their winning drawings are featured in a 12-month calendar published the following school year.

Be an advocate!  Tell a 1st-8th grade teacher in your community about the program and offer to teach the lesson.  Visit Economic Concepts Poster Contest for more information.

Invest It Forward™

You've heard of paying-it-forward.  Now financial industry professionals can Invest It Forward by sharing their expertise to help young people learn more about our capital markets and the opportunities provided by our market system.  Invest It Forward is an exciting, new initiative designed to connect teachers and classrooms with financial professionals to promote financial education.  Visit Invest It Forward and register today!Guest Speaker

Invest It Forward complements the SIFMA Foundation's critically acclaimed national Stock Market Game™ program, a project-based learning activity which has reached 15 million students.  Industry professional volunteers can choose from a variety of ways to Invest It Forward and help our youth better prepare for their futures by serving as a:

GUEST SPEAKER Make a financial education related presentation to a classroom, afterschool program, or youth group, using the Invest It Forward™ Volunteer Materials;

Field Trip

INVESTWRITE JUDGE Register to volunteer as an InvestWrite® judge. InvestWrite’s essay questions relate to investing. Register for the Fall 2014 program of InvestWrite, with judging to be held in December.

FIELD TRIP HOST Invite a group of Stock Market Game students to your office for a real-world financial industry experience.  The field trip can be as simple as having one or more financial professionals speak to students about financial services and careers or sharing an office tour where students can see industry workers in action.  Students will greatly benefit from learning about how your organization fits into the financial industry.  We can help you to make it a memorable and enriching experience for both your organization and the students.

Visit  Invest It Forward or The Stock Market Game™ for more information and tell a 4th - 12th grade teacher in your community about this exciting program and offer to Invest It Forward.

Young Professionals Group

The mission of the Econ IL Young Professionals Group (YPG) is to generate awareness of the need to provide economic and financial literacy education in K-12 grade classrooms throughout Illinois by developing fun, sophisticated and meaningful opportunities for their peers to get involved in the cause.

Young Professionals GroupIn 2013, members of the Econ Illinois Board of Trustees formed the Econ IL YPG to bring together young professionals in the financial industry to educate them on the work of Econ Illinois.  The Econ IL YPG is quickly growing with anticipation of becoming THE industries’ young professionals group.   The group represents the benefits of an economic and financial education and the mission of Econ Illinois.

Econ Illinois strives to ensure that the next generation of students learns about making wise decisions related to their finances and life.  Econ IL YPG assists by volunteering in classrooms, providing support through fundraisers and advocating the mission of Econ Illinois.  The Econ IL YPG provides opportunities to learn more about the work of Econ Illinois and its Center partners meet other like-minded individuals and find ways to make a difference every day in the lives of students.


Econ IL YPG Speakers Series

November 20, 2014 at Crain’s Chicago Business

Providing lead speakers on topics of interest to young professionals and those within the finance industry.

Econ IL YPG 5K Race

TBD 2015

Visit the YPG website for more information and to join.

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Saying Goodbye

Thank You to
Lori Berkes-Nelson
for two great years as Executive Director of Econ Illinois.
Good luck in your new ventures.

Econ Illinois Board Members in the News

Congratulations to
Kerry Jordan
on her appointment as Vice Chair of the CFA Society Chicago.

Giving Matters

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