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Ya Ning Katherine Mei
Program Coordinator, Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
ymei4@illinois.edu

Kathy Sweedler
Extension Educator, Consumer Economics
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
sweedler@illinois.edu

Trent Hawker
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
tkhawke2@illinois.edu

Money Mentors

Money Mentors

Volunteer Opportunities

Current volunteer opportunities available for Money Mentors:

The spring is a busy time for events. We have several events coming up that we need volunteer help. If any of these fit your interests and time, please let Kathy Sweedler sweedler@illinois.edu know. Thank you!

Read Across America
Saturday, March 3, 2018. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • We will have an interactive display with an activity for children and information from UI Extension for the parents. A chance to promote MM.

Welcome to the Real World at Heritage High School in Broadland, IL.
Thursday, March 15, 2018. Time: TBD

Welcome to the Real World at Central High School in Clifton, IL. 
Thursday, March 22, 2018. Time: TBD

4-H Meal Packaging Event in Danville, IL.
Saturday, March 17, 2018. Time: 10:00 a.m.
DACC Bremer Center, 2000 E. Main St, Danville, IL. 
Volunteers must register at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=18018.

Poverty Simulations
Friday, February 16, 2018, 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Arcola, IL. 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon in Olney, IL.
Friday, May 4, 2018, noon to 3:00 p.m. in Paris, IL.  

Ongoing Efforts

Teaching 2nd and 3rd Graders

This is our second year collaborating with CU Plus Credit Union and Rantoul schools to provide 15-20 minutes financial education activities once a month.  We could use more help with this project.  Please let us know if you're interested and would like more information.  Training and curriculum provided!

Youth Financial Literacy

More and more afterschool and in-school opportunities keep popping up to help youth (typically elementary school-age) learn about money. If you're interested in this as a volunteer opportunity, please let Kathy know. You would typically work with other volunteers to provide the lessons.

Admin Committee

A new committee that would meet every 3-4 weeks that would advise about Money Mentors and help get things done. If you're interested in being a part of this, please let me know, sweedler@illinois.edu.

Facebook Page

If you'd like to be part of the group that finds interesting information to post, please let me know. We also need people to "like" and comment on our public Facebook page -- this will increase how often Facebook sends our posts to people who've liked the page.