below, from the White House….
White House Highlights Ted Gonder as a Campus “Champion of Change”
Washington, DC – On Thursday, March 15th, the White House will honor Ted Gonder from the University of Chicago as one of five young leaders being recognized as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership on their campus. Last fall, the White House announced the launch of the Campus Champions of Change Challenge. After reviewing a record number of entries, fifteen Challenge finalists were announced and the public chose the top five projects they think best embody the President’s goal to win the future. In addition to being invited to the White House, these five Campus Champions of Change will have the opportunity to work with mtvU, and MTV Act to create short features about their projects that will air on mtvU and be featured on MTV.com.
“Young people have always been at the forefront of movements of change. I am so proud of these students and their campuses for their innovative work to improve communities all across America,” said President Obama. “I hope their brilliant example will inspire Americans of all ages to come together to support an America that’s built to last.”
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Ted Gonder, Moneythink, University of Chicago
Ted Gonder is Co-founder and Executive Director of Moneythink, a non-profit student movement expanding economic opportunity for urban youth through peer-mentorship and financial education. Moneythink recruits, trains, and places college students as mentors in urban high school classrooms (in 17 campus communities nationwide) to run customized and relatable seminars focused on financial and entrepreneurial goal-setting. Ted is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Department of Homeland Security, a novice martial artist, and a lover of puppies. He will graduate from the University of Chicago and begin full-time work on Moneythink in June 2012.