About us

Moneythink is a service organization that aims to help close the economic disparities present in today's world by providing post-graduation mentorship to high school students within the local Iowa City area, focusing primarily on financial literacy. We mentor on topics such as banking, saving, investing, budgeting, credit cards, FAFSA, debt management, career planning, college experience, and more.

Primarily through small (classroom-size) group mentoring and occasionally large panel-like discussions, Moneythink mentors are allowed the opportunity to improve their speaking skills while also giving back and spending time engaging with the Iowa City community.

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How to join

Previously, Moneythink restricted recruiting strictly to Spring. We are now on a rolling admission basis. There are three steps to join Moneythink.

  1. Apply here
  2. Interview - after you apply, you will have short interview with an executive member
  3. Attend a training meeting

Once the 3 steps are completed, you will begin volunteering at one or more of the high schools based on YOUR availability. All we ask is that you volunteer at least once every two weeks at the minimum.

If you have any questions, please contact VP of Marketing Bri Bentler at brianna-bentler@uiowa.edu or 319-333-9288.

Share your knowledge

Moneythink mentors currently teach financial literacy lessons once every other week at Iowa City High, Iowa City West High, and Liberty High School. You will be given lesson material each week to guide the high school students. Small groups usually center around a discussion such as mindful saving or budgeting, and large group lessons are usually a large class discussion around a more dynamic topic such as college experiences.

Give back

Moneythink mentors are driven to help youth be the best they can be in the future. Most of the students we serve are part of the iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) program in which they are students facing multiple barriers in their lives which may prevent them from becoming the best versions of themselves. Our main goal is planting the seeds for these high school students to grow into the successful adults they can be. Giving back to your community also helps foster relationships outside of your typical day-to-day interactions with your friends or professors!

Contact us

Anand "AP" Patel
anand-patel@uiowa.edu