Financial management and youth are like oil and vinegar--they don’t mix. Managing finances is a distant and removed—and thus boring--prospect for most young people. In fact, the very idea of managing anything is unappealing to today’s youth. The teenage years are the rebel years, the years when we strive for independence, when we seek freedom, when we distance ourselves from authority in an attempt to stake our claim. But many teens don’t associate freedom with the responsibility it necessitates. Ironically, assuming responsibility for one’s finances is precisely what empowers people to get where they want to go. So the burning question remains; how do we help our young people learn sound financial management skills?
Ted is co-founding Executive Director of Moneythink, a White-House-recognized social venture delivering financial life-skills and entrepreneurship education to urban teens through peer-mentoring and pop-culture curricula. Ted is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Department of Homeland Security, advising the Obama administration on immigration policy for foreign entrepreneurs. He studied Geography as a College Honors Scholar at the University of Chicago, graduating in June 2012.
Ted founded the UChicago Entrepreneurship Society and was appointed the Director of Strategy for the Kairos Society, a global student entrepreneurship network. He has also worked with the Kauffman Foundation and the Chilean government on transnational entrepreneurship initiatives. In 2006, he founded a student movement for climate change awareness, launching advocacy groups at 30+ schools in California. In 2007, Ted was appointed Student Advisor to The Climate Project, an organization founded by Al Gore.
Ted has spoken at the White House, UN, US Senate, NYSE, US Chamber of Commerce, the World Foresight Forum, and TEDxAllstate. His work has been featured on MTV, CNN, NPR, the White House blog, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, and GOOD Magazine.
Ted is a born-again health nut, novice martial artist, and lover of puppies.