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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

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the program work?

The overall goal of the University of Illinois Extension's Money Mentor program is to increase people's ability to manage their finances to help meet their personal goals. The Money Mentor program achieves this by training volunteers to provide local community financial education outreach through one-on-one financial mentoring as well as group outreach projects. These volunteers work closely with U of I Extension staff to provide research-based, unbiased financial education.

How long do mentees and mentors work with one another?

Mentees and mentors can meet as many times as they feel necessary to work through money management strategies unique to the Mentee's situation. There is no "usual" amount of time that they work together because it depends on each mentee's individual situation.

What happens during a Money Mentor meeting?

The first mentoring session may last 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Mentoring sessions focus on the most important issue affecting the mentee's financial life. The first session will focus on introducing the mentee and mentor to one another and getting acquainted with the program. The goal for each meeting is to determine the most important steps a mentee can make to move towards their financial goals. Money Mentors volunteers are trained and have problem-solving techniques to help make plans for the mentee to move forward.

Is there a cost to meet with a Money Mentor?

There is no cost to meet with a mentor.

What if I want to work with someone other than the Money Mentor I am assigned to?

We will match you with another mentor.

Will my Money Mentor try to sell me any products or services?

No. Money mentors are not allowed to solicit you for any kind of business, products or services. All mentoring sessions remain confidential.

Can I bring my spouse or other adults in my household who share the income?

Yes! We encourage all members of the household who share the income to attend the mentoring sessions.

How do I get started?

Fill out the Mentee Participant Enrollment Form available on this website or contact Katherine Mei, Consumer Economics Program Coordinator, at ymei4@illinois.edu or call (217) 333-7672 for more details.