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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

Brooke Shrewsbury
Program Coordinator, Consumer Economics
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683
bhaag2@illinois.edu

Money Mentors

Money Mentors

Become a Money Mentor

What do Money Mentors volunteers do?

Money Mentors 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 doing community outreach through displays, community talks, and other projects.

The next trainings will start in the beginning of October in two locations: Champaign and Danville. Apply to be Money Mentor!

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 is required to become a Money Mentor?

Training Commitments

Money Mentors 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 accepted as a mentor.

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.

Training Schedule

The next trainings will start in the beginning of October in two locations: Champaign and Danville.

In Champaign, training will start on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.. Training will be held at the Champaign County Extension Office at 801 N Country Fair Drive in Champaign. Training is held once a week for six weeks.

  • Dates for training include: October 1 and 8, October 16 (Thursday), October 22, 29, November 5 and 19.  (We will pick six of these seven dates. If a training date is missed, make-up meetings will be scheduled.

A spring training will be offered in Champaign in May 2019. This training will be Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

In Danville, training will begin in October; dates and time to be announced soon. Training will be held at the Vermilion County Extension Office at 3164 N. Vermilion, Danville. Training is held once a week for six weeks.

Apply to be a Money Mentor at by clicking here.

Is there a cost to become a Money Mentor?

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

Interested in becoming a Money Mentor volunteer?

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