SIF student stories and videos, new after-school program, Team Stocks in the Future raises funds and awareness at the 15th Annual Baltimore Running Festival, and more!
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Stocks in the Future
October 2015 E-News

Vol. 2, Issue 1
Stocks in the Future's mission is to develop highly motivated middle school students who are eager to learn and dedicated to attending class through the use of incentives coupled with a financial literacy curriculum focused on investing that reinforces Math, Language Arts and Social Studies.

Seventh Grader Is Hooked By The Stock Market

Deontay Hankey remembers the first time he bought a stock as if it happened yesterday.

He was in sixth grade at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City.
“I kept asking my teacher, ‘When are we going to put our money in real stocks?’” said Deontay, who is now in seventh grade. “I kept asking her and asking her and finally we did it.”
From a computer in his classroom and under the supervision of his teacher, Deontay snapped up shares of Ford Motor Co., Coca Cola Company and SiriusXM as part of his Stocks in the Future class.
The incentive-based curriculum designed by Johns Hopkins University at the Center for Social Organization of Schools encourages middle school students to stay in school by teaching them about finances, business, investing and stocks with a cash incentive for good attendance and grades. As Stocks in the Future dollars build, they are converted to real money and invested in the market.
With a broad smile and eyes that flash brightly, Deontay admits that he was excited but nervous. Read the full article here.
Each and every Stocks in the Future student has a story to tell. Support more than 1,000 middle school students like Deontay with a tax-deductible gift today. Make a secure, online donation to Stocks in the Future
We're pumped for Stocks in the Future!
Our students are PUMPED for the 2015 - 2016 Stocks in the Future program! Click the image above to view this video on YouTube.
Run-time is three minutes.

First Board Meeting FY 2016

This summer the SIF Executive Committee met to discuss best ways to utilize time and resources during quarterly board meetings. This group came up with several tactics to make meetings meaningful and engaging. Each meeting opens up with a “motivator,” a way to connect board members to the mission of our organization. During our first board session in September, the “motivator” was the video (above) asking SIF students why they were excited about Stocks in the Future this school year. A special thanks goes out to Mark Colegrove at Constellation Energy who helped edit this production and SIF staff members who quickly ran out to SIF partner schools to get footage.

Below: SIF's first Board meeting was held at JHU's School of Education on September 16, 2015.

New Board Members

Pictured left to right: Kathryn Cloyd, Director, Retail Credit Constellation; Joseph J. Baylin, Private Equity Analyst - Brown Advisory; Prashant Jeyaganesh, Quantitative Equity Analyst, Vice President - T. Rowe Price; Kumasi Vines, Acting Bureau Head, Water & Wastewater - Department of Public Works, City of Baltimore; A. Nicholas Welsh, Jr., Senior Financial Services Executive - T. Rowe Price.                         

We're Giving Them a Run For Their Money


The upcoming 15th Anniversary of the Baltimore Running Festival on October 17th is the perfect opportunity for Stocks in the Future to shape up while raising funds and awareness for youth financial literacy. We created Team SIF – a group 30 runners strong, representing teachers, staff, Board members, community and corporate volunteers. These dedicated individuals have been training hard since July!

As of print time, Team SIF has raised more than $10,600 to support Stocks in the Future’s work with underserved middle school students in Baltimore! Congratulations to all of our team members for making a big impact on our program.

We’d like to especially thank our official sponsors, Brown Advisory, Constellation, Alex Cooper Auctioneers and Harbor Bank who have helped make Team SIF possible.

If you are participating in or watching the Running Festival, keep an eye out for the folks in the bright blue, “Give Them a Run for Their Money”  t-shirts and cheer us on to the finish line!

For more information about Team SIF or to show support, visit

Interested in volunteering for Team SIF on race day? Contact Jessica at or 410-516-6701.

Teacher Training 2015

Stocks in the Future Staff wants to sincerely thank our teachers and presenters for their participation at our Fall 2015 Stocks in the Future Professional Development on Friday, September 25, 2015. Here is a summary of the highlights and Shout-Outs from the professional development:

  • We learned about and / or deepened our understanding of the Stocks in the Future program.
  • We deepened our understanding of basic financial terms and concepts - i.e. stocks, bonds, mutual funds, markets.
  • We learned about how to utilize the trading room floor lab at Towson University.
  • We learned about the FINRA organization, and how they regulate the financial market and protect the investor.
  • We were given the opportunity to ask questions and get answers in regards to the Stocks in the Future program and the financial investing world.
  • We were given the opportunity to network with fellow Stocks in the Future teachers.
Special shout-outs to our presenters:
  • To all of our teacher presenters for their excellent facilitation of the SIF overview, lesson and website respectively, Chris Krebs from Violetville EMS, John Gratz from Waverly EMS, and Renard Lewis from Barclay EMS!
  • To Josh Kakel and Chris Little from PNC Institutional Asset Management, for their presentation on financial literacy.
  • To Allison Natale and her team from T.Rowe Price for their presentation about the Bloomberg T. Rowe Price Finance Lab at Towson University.
  • To Peter Chandler from FINRA and his presentation about the financial regulatory system and how it protects the investor.
Thanks to ALL our SIF teachers for engaged participation! We look forward to working with all our partner schools to make this best year of Stocks in the Future for our students! This year we serve 20 schools with over 1000 students!

After-School Program

For the first time in Stocks in the Future history, we are proud to offer our financial literacy and incentive program as an afterschool program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Family League of Baltimore, SIF will work with approximately 30 middle school students between the Village Learning Place - a nonprofit library in Charles Village - and Hampstead Hill Academy in Harbor East.

A special thanks to Agnes Arnold of Eastern Savings Bank who is our volunteer SIF instructor at Hampstead Hills. And, many thanks to Liesje, Lauren and the rest of the VLP team for offering our program as part of their services to the community.  We hope that our students receiving our curriculum in this new format will be empowered by their financial education and take control of their financial and academic futures! “This is just the beginning,” explains SIF Executive Director, Rebecca Lange-Thernes. “Next year, we’ll be old pros at this and will include more schools using afterschool time!”

Save the Date!

We're gearing up for the holiday giving season! Beginning November 11th, keep an eye out for Stocks in the Future's donation letter, coming to a mailbox or inbox near you. And, we participate in #GivingTuesday (December 1), which provides an easy option for giving online to Stocks in the Future. During this time each year we are always incredibly inspired by and grateful for our community's generosity - your tax-deductible gift goes a long way to support our more than 1,000 middle school students during the second half of the school year!

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