A dozen students from the St. Louis metropolitan area will serve on the inaugural Student Board of Directors at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
The students, nominated by their teachers and chosen by St. Louis Fed staff, will serve as liaisons between St. Louis area schools and the St. Louis Fed. Their terms will last for the length of the school year. Starting Oct. 16, they will meet every other month to learn about and discuss economics and personal finance, and listen to speakers on topics such as leadership development and career planning. They will also compete for two summer internships.
The inaugural Student Board members are:
Xavier Bady from Central Visual Performing Arts High School
Andrew Rudolph and Ian Tarr from Clayton High School
Bryan Hoyt from Collinsville High School
Savya Hingorani and Nathan Vorel from Eureka High School
Chelsea VanDuyne from Gateway STEM High School
Stephanie Fei from Lindbergh High School
Neil Shah from Marquette High School
Kristen McPike from McCluer High School
Janelle Johnson from McCluer South-Berkeley High School
Tanesha Staples from Riverview Gardens High School
The St. Louis Fed asked teachers to nominate high school seniors who have an interest in economics or personal finance, who are leaders in their school, and who show a commitment to self-improvement through participation in activities outside of the classroom.
This effort is important to the Bank, said Mary Suiter, economic education officer. It allows us to connect with our education partners in a new way and to provide students with information about the economy and careers at the Fed. It also affords Student Board members the opportunity to apply for two internships at the Bank in the summer of 2013.
The St. Louis Fed will choose a new Student Board each year. The new program is part of the organization’s ongoing effort to reach K-16 educators, students, and the general public with educational materials that cover personal finance and economics.
The St. Louis Fed offers free downloadable lesson plans, interactive whiteboard activities, and online courses for classrooms ranging from elementary school to college. The organization reaches 275,000 students with its online tools. Materials also are available to help the general public understand anything from inflation to saving for retirement.
For additional information about the St. Louis Fed’s Economic Education resources, please visit http://www.stlouisfed.org/education_resources/