Committees

ILJC Committees and Project Teams convene at least quarterly, either in person or via teleconference, and interface with members of the Board and other Committees to advance the organization’s agenda. All ILJC Members in good standing are eligible to serve on committees.  Chairs must be Board Members.


Advocacy / Public Affairs

ILJC’s vision is for all Illinois students to receive high quality, effectively delivered, age-appropriate personal finance and economics instruction throughout their educational experience. Until this ambitious goal has been achieved, the Committee’s objectives are:

  • To raise awareness among influential stakeholders about the scope and consequences of financial illiteracy, and potential solutions to address the problem.
  • To create new, and energize existing, literacy advocates.
  • To stimulate direct, local action to improve financial and economic education in Illinois.

Committee Members help to plan, promote and manage our Action Network for Financial Empowerment, which is designed to accomplish these objectives. To become a member of this committee, please email us at advocacy@iljumpstart.org.


Communication & Media

The Committee was established to provide the greater financial education community with relevant program, research and policy information, as well as updates concerning ILJC activities and events. The Committee’s objectives are:

  • To raise awareness about ILJC, and expand the Coalition’s scope and influence.
  • To update Members, media and other stakeholders on ILJC events and activities.
  • To provide an extended platform for important voices and ideas in financial education.
  • To reinforce the critical need for financial literacy among educators, financial services professionals, policy makers, the non-profit sector and the public at large.

Committee Members help investigate relevant developments in programming, policy and research, draft and edit articles, and create newsletters, press releases, social media posts and other messaging.  To become a member of this committee, please email us at communications@iljumpstart.org.


Spring Education & Networking Event

The objectives of this event are to: kick off the new year with a high-profile public event at a location outside of the Chicago metro area; present an influential guest speaker to introduce and address the Coalition’s annual theme; provide a networking opportunity for financial education advocates; present spring scholarships and grants; promote ILJC membership and sponsorship. The Committee’s objectives are:

  • To secure a suitable venue and arrange for all necessary services.
  • To engage a keynote speaker and coordinate all event-related content.
  • To coordinate staffing, logistics, materials and equipment.
  • To coordinate event promotion and registration.

Committee Members help plan, manage and promote the annual spring event. To become a member of this committee, please contact us at illinois@jumpstart.org.


Statewide Initiative

In the interest of expanding ILJC’s scope and impact beyond the Chicago metro area, the Coalition’s Board is exploring the feasibility of establishing a network of local chapters, each operating semi-autonomously to advance the ILJC agenda in other areas of the state, with technical/financial support and guidance from the Chicago headquarters.

A pilot for this project may be located in central Illinois, due to the relative concentration of financial literacy professionals who’ve been involved with the Chicago Fed’s Money Smart Week program and/or other financial education initiatives. If, after implementation and refinement, the pilot is deemed successful, it could be standardized and replicated in other remote locales.

To become a member of this committee, please contact us at illinois@jumpstart.org.


Resources and Strategic Partnerships

The Committee analyzes and catalogs data, content and organizations related to youth financial and  economics education for two purposes: first, for inclusion in the Resources pages of the Coalition’s website and/or dissemination through various digital channels; and second, to identify and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships. Such relationships could involve shared website links, cross-promotion of activities, collaboration on projects of mutual interest, or other cooperative endeavors. The Committee’s objectives are to identify, promote and provide convenient access to:

  • Research studies related to financial literacy and education.
  • Effective organizations working in this field.
  • Innovative tools and resources for educators, advocates and consumers.

Committee Members help to identify, assess and disseminate high-quality resources and information. To become a member of this committee, please contact us at resource@iljumpstart.org.


Scholarships and Grants

The Committee manages all scholarship and grant programs for the Coalition. This includes, but is not limited to student scholarships, teacher scholarships, and financial education library grants awarded to help local institutions provide youth financial education services. The Committee’s objectives are:

  • To raise awareness about ILJC scholarship and grant opportunities.
  • To solicit, receive and evaluate scholarship and grant applications.
  • To coordinate the presentation of awards and monitor recipients’ progress.

Committee Members help to promote ILJC’s Scholarship and Grant programs, evaluate and recommend candidates, present awards, and maintain a dialogue with recipients. To become a member of this committee, please contact us at scholarship@iljumpstart.org.


Holiday Award Reception and Benefit

Begun in 2013, the objectives of this event are to: recognize sponsors, directors and volunteers; establish relationships with prospective new sponsors; recognize scholarship & grant recipients; present final scholarships and grants; review ILJC accomplishments and preview the next year’s agenda; present the annual Terry Savage award for contributions to financial education; present a relevant, high-profile guest speaker in an interactive “town hall” setting; and generate revenue through individual donations. The Committee’s objectives are:

  • To secure a suitable venue and arrange for all necessary services.
  • To engage a keynote speaker and coordinate all event-related content.
  • To coordinate staffing, logistics, materials and equipment.
  • To coordinate event promotion and registration.

Committee Members help plan, manage and promote the annual holiday reception. To become a member of this committee, please contact us at illinois@jumpstart.org.


Development

This team has primary responsibility for sponsor recruitment, retention, engagement and recognition, as well as coordinating grant sourcing, application and follow-up activities. The key objective is to increase revenue by establishing ILJC as a “must-support” organization for companies and individuals interested in financial literacy .  The Committee’s objectives are:

  • To recruit new and retain existing Sponsors.
  • To engage Sponsors in ILJC activities and publicly recognize their support.
  • To identify and pursue appropriate grant and other funding opportunities.
  • To establish ILJC as a “must-support” organization for companies interested in financial literacy.

Committee Members help to recruit, retain and engage ILJC Sponsors and other funding sources.  To become a member of this committee, please contact us at sponsorship@iljumpstart.org.


Technology Solutions

This team exists to research, recommend and execute affordable and effective strategies that enable ILJC to  advance its agenda by leveraging various technology platforms. This includes, but is not limited to, website development and management, social media support, webinars, electronic communication and data analysis. The Committee’s objectives are:

  • To facilitate greater awareness of ILJC through the Internet, social media and digital communication.
  • To enable broader participation in ILJC programs by individuals in remote locations.
  • To provide technical solutions, training and support to the Board.

Committee Members help to maintain the ILJC website, and leverage social media platforms and other technologies. To become a member of this committee, please contact us at technology@iljumpstart.org.


Ad Hoc

Small groups of ILJC Board Members are periodically assembled to evaluate and recommend scholarship and grant applications, and for other projects as needed.