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Ya Ning Katherine Mei
Program Coordinator, Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
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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

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Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
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Champaign, IL 61821
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tkhawke2@illinois.edu

Money Mentors

Money Mentors

Become a Money Mentor

What does a Money Mentor Volunteer do?

Money Mentor volunteers build financial capacity in our local communities by providing financial education and coaching to individuals. Mentoring consists of working one-on-one with people who have asked for help with their personal finances and community outreach through displays, community talks, or other projects.

Our next volunteer training begins in October 2017. Click the links under "Register Online" to the right to apply online today.

What qualifications do I need to become a Money Mentor?

Anyone can become a Money Mentor volunteer--it does not require a degree in financial planning! You do, however, need to:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possess the ability to work with individuals in a respectful and nonjudgmental manner
  • Maintain participant confidentiality and trust
  • Have access to email, telephone and transportation
  • Devote time to attend all training sessions and volunteer commitments
  • Commit to following University of Illinois Extension's research-based financial education strategies and recommendations

What are the training and volunteer commitments for a Money Mentor?

Training Commitments

Money Mentor volunteers receive approximately 30 hours of training in money management, financial mentoring, and community resources. Some home study is required. Opportunities are provided during training to apply financial knowledge to case examples and to practice mentoring skills. An application, interview, and background check are required before being admitted into the program.

Volunteer Commitments

Following the training, each volunteer agrees to complete 30 volunteer hours annually in financial mentoring and community outreach. During the year, 12 hours of continuing education is also expected. Money Mentors meet monthly for continuing training as well as planning projects.

Is there a cost to become a Money Mentor?

A one-time $40 fee helps cover training and material costs. Partial scholarships available if needed.

Interested in becoming a Money Mentor Volunteer?

Thank you for your interest in the Money Mentor Volunteer program. To apply to be a Money Mentor, please complete the Money Mentor Application on the right of this page. For more information, please contact Kathy Sweedler, Consumer Economics Educator, at sweedler@illinois.edu or (217) 333-7672.