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Teacher training, Americorps partnership, Team Stocks in the Future raises funds and awareness at the 16th Annual Baltimore Running Festival, and more!
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Stocks in the Future
Fall 2016 E-News

Vol. 3, 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.

Students' Views of SIF

“I’ve been in SIF since 6th grade. It’s really cool getting to see your money rise over time. SIF has taught me to be careful with my money. The incentives are cool too. This helps me know that I’ll get something for working hard. Throughout SIF I’ve learned so much about mutual funds, saving accounts, investments and shareholders. Shareholders are people who invest in companies, like us.”
– Raven, 8th grade

“I like Stocks in the Future because it relates to what we’re learning in school. The activities are engaging and actually fun…I liked learning about probability and ratios. It helped to clarify some things we were learning in Math.”
– Michael, 8th grade

Teacher Training Another Great Success!


On September 29, Stocks in the Future (SIF) hosted the first of two annual trainings for SIF teachers. Teachers and financial professionals engaged in sessions designed to promote teacher knowledge and enhance student financial literacy in SIF classrooms.

Kenneth Coe of Brown Advisory presented investment basics to teachers. Kevin Lynch and Charles Bankard of M&T Bank discussed the basics of bonds with the group. Steve Lo of Charles Schwab educated teachers about money-wise decisions for students and adults. From T. Rowe Price, Merrie Zhang and Prashant Jeyaganesh guided teachers in a competition to design their own mutual funds, based on a capstone project on which teachers will work with students in the spring of 2017.

“Veteran” SIF teachers from across Baltimore shared their program experiences with other teachers; presentations ranged from website training to teaching a mock SIF lesson. This year we have a group of excellent teachers with whom we are so grateful to collaborate!
 
Each and every Stocks in the Future student has a story to tell. Support our 800 middle school students with a tax-deductible gift today. Make a secure, online donation to Stocks in the Future

Americorps Volunteers Get It Done!

Stocks in the Future is pleased to announce a new partnership with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps. Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps (NDMVA) is a national service organization which primarily focuses on educating local community members in high poverty neighborhoods by placing NDMVA members in local non-profit organizations, such as Stocks in the Future (SIF).

The Organization was founded by the sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1992 and partnered with AmeriCorps in 1995 so that they could increase the amount of volunteers and the impact of their work. NDMVA has multiple partnerships in Baltimore, including Stocks in the Future, KIPP Baltimore, Village Learning Place, Julie Community Center, Living Classrooms Foundation, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, to name a few. These organizations focus on a range of education-related topics including, but not limited to: after school programs, GED Preparation, youth mentoring, job preparedness, and college access.

Members of NDMVA engage with children and adults in the community around these topics to promote education and literacy. Stocks in the Future is a good partner for NDMVA because we work with schools with high poverty populations, we educate and empower students and families through financial literacy, and we encourage students to use what they have learned through high school and beyond.

Yankuba Senghore, NDMVA Baltimore Site Director, says, "We look forward to building a fruitful partnership with SIF because we believe that educating school children and teachers on investment opportunities and financial literacy lessons are very well connected to our mission in ending poverty through education and community empowerment."

NDMVA placed Krystal Chapman with SIF for the 2016-2017 service year. Krystal received her Bachelor of Arts in Minnesota at Gustavus Adolphus College. She then moved to Baltimore to teach in Baltimore City for three years while earning her dual Master of Education in Special Education and Elementary Education through Lesley University.

So far, Krystal has seen a lot of great things happening in SIF classrooms like students asking guest presenters from financial institutions about diversifying their investments, teachers relating stock market changes to current events, students bringing in news stories about finance from home into class, students asking their parents to start a savings account, guest presenters introducing the idea of financial freedom as it relates to assets and liabilities to students, and much more!
 

Off to a Running Start!                       

By KC Cloyd, SIF Board of Directors and Team SIF runner

October 15th was a beautiful day in Baltimore and a great day for Team Stocks in the Future at the Baltimore Running Festival.  Team SIF joined over 25,000 runners to participate in the city’s premier running event.  The running festival includes a 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 mile half marathon, a marathon team relay and a 5K event.  Team SIF had runners in every event.  2016 marked the second year Team SIF participated, but the first year as an officially running festival charity partner.   Participation in the running festival is one of SIF’s primary fundraisers for the year, along with March Market Madness.  Team SIF set ambitious goals to top the participation and fundraising from 2015 and the team was able to exceed them.  Team SIF consisted of 54 runners representing 6 corporate teams and community groups.  There were corporate teams from Brown Advisory, Constellation, T Rowe Price, PNC Bank and the Johns Hopkins School of Education, raising nearly $17,000, a 28% increase over 2015!!  In addition to the runners, there were 10 volunteers who assisted Corrigan Sports on the day of the race. 

Prior to race day, the team held a happy hour at 8 Ball Meatball where the runners could meet each other, learn more about Stocks in the Future and pick up their race packets – including their snazzy Team SIF t-shirts.  The event was a great success and 10% of the group’s sales went to benefit the organization. 

A very special thank you goes to JJ Baylin, SIF Board member from Brown Advisory, who served as the chairperson for Team SIF’s running festival planning committee.  JJ’s leadership was invaluable in helping to secure runners, corporate sponsors and a location for our happy hour event.  Speaking of corporate sponsors, we would also like to offer a heartfelt thanks to our title sponsor, Brown Advisory, our bronze sponsors 8 Ball Meatball and Vytex Windows, and our community sponsor Miles & Stockbridge. 

Our success with the running festival this year means we will have even bigger and more ambitious goals for the 2017 running festival – which is less than 11 months away – so start training now!

Reconnect with Stocks in the Future on #GivingTuesday. A day for everyone, everywhere to Give!


As part of the global day of giving, Stocks in the Future (SIF)  is challenging its past supporters and current committee members to give in honor of our students. Learn more about #GivingTuesday with SIF.

Make a tangible impact with a suggested donation of $50. That provides one student with his or her very own Stocks in the Future textbook, or sends two students to a trading room floor experience at Towson University's Finance Lab. On 11/29, update your Facebook status to let us know you support SIF's mission!
 

Save the Date!

On Thursday, March 30th, 2017, from 6:30pm-9:30pm, join us for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, wine and a lot of great networking to directly benefit SIF students as they gain a solid academic foundation and learn essential personal finance and investing skills. Now in its third year, March Market Madness is SIF’s hallmark special event and a fun basketball/Wall Street mash-up!

March Market Madness will be held in the beautiful Glass Pavilion at Johns Hopkins University’s Levering Hall, overlooking the campus grounds.

Place your bid for our March Market Madness Contest, sign up for a basketball shooting competition or cornhole tournament, check out our extensive silent auction and participate in our live auction.

Proceeds will benefit Stocks in the Future's financial literacy program for middle school students. Stay tuned for further information about the event. Learn more about our program at www.SIFonline.org

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