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Moneythink - Ted Gonder, University of Chicago

During Gonder’s freshman year at the University of Chicago, he noticed that no student organizations on campus were doing anything to strike at the root of local financial destitution, which we believed to be a lack of financial illiteracy. Gonder mobilized peers in the Economics department and campus investment club to serve as peer mentors to local urban teenagers. They called the initiative Moneythink, and set out to empower urban high school students to build a better future through peer-mentoring in financial literacy and entrepreneurship education. In under three years, Moneythink has scaled to 17 urban campus communities nationwide, mentoring over 1700 urban high school students by training over 300 college students to deliver 10-week courses in financial literacy and entrepreneurship education.

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