Action Network

Insufficient financial capability impacts families, communities and the economy as a whole. ILJC’s new Action Network for Financial Empowerment is designed to raise awareness, create and energize literacy advocates, and encourage direct local action to improve outcomes.

Underlying Premises

  • Most advocates agree that all students should receive effective, age-appropriate personal finance and economics instruction throughout their educational experience.
  • Until universal financial education is a reality, progress must continue at the local level.
  • There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Different strategies work well in different environments.
  • Many people in influential positions have only a general awareness of the problem.

A Different Approach

Launched in July 2014, ILJC’s new Action Network brings professionals, working with youth programs and policy around Illinois, together with the most innovative concepts and informed voices in financial education for an interactive summit at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. The goal is to establish a new network of like minded advocates, working in different ways and different places, to accomplish a common objective: giving more young people the tools they’ll need to build secure, comfortable and productive lives.

  • Step 1: Convene a group of caring, committed individuals who could make a difference for the youth whose lives they touch everyday – if they had the knowledge, resources, and support.
  • Step 2: Expose them to a spectrum of actionable and proven financial education “best practices”.
  • Step 3: Facilitate ongoing communication to help participants execute selected strategies.

In even years, we conduct a full-blown summit to expand the ANFE team. In odd years, we concentrate on supporting the efforts of ANFE members to develop and implement new financial education programs.

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Advocacy & Public Affairs Committee Co-Chairs

  • Dr. Jennifer Waters of the University of Chicago
  • Dr. Vicki Jobst of Benedictine University

The Committee has responsibility for planning and coordinating the ANFE Summit and associated support activities, including ANFE Project Implementation Grants.. We welcome input and assistance from individuals and organizations interested in enhancing youth financial capabilities in Illinois and beyond.  Please feel free to contact us.

Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos Junior Achievement of Chicago
Junior Achievement of Chicago’s partnership with Illinois Jump$tart allows Junior Achievement to reach more teachers, leaders and students throughout the Chicagoland area. We partner with ILJC to further JA’s mission of “empowering young people to own their economic success.” Junior Achievement of Chicago is a proud partner and advocate of ILJC. We thank ILJC for providing the opportunity for Junior Achievement to participate in the ANFE summit, and we look forward to being able to partake in future events!
Dr. Vicki Jobst
Dr. Vicki Jobst Benedictine University
The Action Network for Financial Empowerment conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn and share information about youth financial literacy. The unique feature of this conference was the knowledge gained about how to put education into action to improve financial capability among the young. The facilities and food were excellent and I noticed a sense of excitement and enthusiasm about moving forward with our efforts in this area.

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