The Alpaugh Family Economics Center at UC

225 Calhoun St #370, Cincinnati, OH 45219, Usa
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Our mission The Economics Center creates informed outcomes through the implementation of economic and financial literacy programs for K-12 students and teachers and through the unbiased analyses of our economic research staff.
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The Alpaugh Family Economics Center at UC

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Personal Finance Challenge

The Ohio Personal Finance Challenge (OPFC) is an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of Personal Finance by competing with other students across the state in an ONLINE competition. The OPFC relies on volunteers to continue enhancing core academic curricula.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game™ program is an online market simulation allowing students to manage a virtual stock portfolio with real-time data and compete against other teams and schools regionally. The Stock Market Game relies on financial donations as well as volunteers to continue enhancing core academic curricula.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Student Enterprise Program

In StEP, elementary students earn school currency for positive behaviors such as completing homework on time, arriving at school on time, showing academic achievement, behaving well, etc. When we aren't in the middle of a pandemic, the Center provides an on-site school store at some school buildings four times per year, where students have the opportunity to purchase school supplies and novelty items. For 2020-2021, we've adapted StEP to a virtual environment, and need volunteers to help us distribute earned items to the students, organize deliveries, etc.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays
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stEP Volunteer

As a StEP Volunteer, you bring fun to financial literacy. You will check in at the main office when you arrive at the school where you are volunteering. They will then direct you to the StEP store location in the school. You will know you’re in the right place when you see tables set up in the designated area with containers filled with school supplies and fun items that students can purchase with their StEP money. You review the checkbooks that the students bring and help them determine what they can purchase. You then help them check out and figure out what their new starting balance is. You get to have fun interacting with the students who love talking to adults, shaking hands, and asking questions. The StEP store experience, in addition to learning about choices, gives students the opportunity to work on soft skills that they might not otherwise have a chance to do. stEP has programs in 24 schools throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, and each school's store is open four times per year, once every quarter. Each school store is open for approximately three hours per quarter. We are very flexible and happy to fit your schedule- if you wish to only stay at the school store to help for one hour that is perfectly fine.
  • Education
  • Elementary (5-10)
  • Different Large Groups
  • Enrichment, Low Income Household, STEM
  • School
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • 1 Semester
  • 1 Hour/Month
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons
  • Moderate
How you help Our programs impact thousands of students and their teachers, year after year, making a difference. Our volunteers give their time and expertise to promote our mission.
About us The work of the Economics Center focuses on providing understandable, and yes, even FUN financial and economic education. For 40 years, the Center’s education team has been equipping students in grades K-12 with practical economic knowledge and skills. Approximately 67,000 children are impacted annually through the Center’s in-school programs and teacher training. These students are learning how to participate in the global economy and lead financially productive lives.
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