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Education

We provide award-winning financial and economic programs and curriculum to tens of thousands of students each year.
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Our researchers deliver sophisticated analyses of economic issues to help a wide range of clients.
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EssentialEducation
innovativeresearch

We do .

Education

We provide award-winning financial and economic programs and curriculum to tens of thousands of students each year.
More

Smart Path

Our award-winning online financial education platform is free for anyone to use, and easy to navigate.
More

Research

Our researchers deliver sophisticated analyses of economic issues to help a wide range of clients.
More
HOW WE IMPACT OUR COMMUNITY

With the right information, you make better choices. We empower students with high-quality financial education, and provide research clients with the data analysis they need to drive decision-making.

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YOUR SUPPORTat Work

$15 supports one child for an entire year of learning in our StEP program
$50 pays for two student teams to participate in the Stock Market Game
$100 covers the cost of economic and financial education lessons and materials for one classroom
$500 pays for a teacher to attend professional development sessions to learn how to integrate economics into the classroom
$5000 provides the materials for one elementary school to participate in our StEP program for an entire year
ProfessionalDevelopment

We’ve been in service to educators for more than 40 years, providing them with high-quality workshops, book clubs and more.

New Financial Literacy graduation requirement in ohio
We have some exciting news to share: Ohio Governor  Mike DeWine just signed into law legislation that requires Ohio high school students to take a semester-long course specifically devoted to financial literacy!
Our Executive Director, Dr. Julie Heath, was on hand for the bill signing on October 28th in Columbus.
We owe a huge thanks to State Senator Steve Wilson, who has worked tirelessly to make this day happen.
The new graduation requirement will start with next year’s (2022) high school freshmen.
With this new law, Ohio joins a short list of states requiring a financial literacy course to graduate. We believe it’s an important step towards making Ohio students better prepared to make a host of financial decisions throughout their lives.
Thank you, Governor DeWine and Senator Wilson for your leadership! 

We’ve now scheduled one of our favorite events of the year! Market Madness will be held on May 10th, 2022 at Fifth Third Arena here at the University of Cincinnati.
Market Madness brings approximately 1,000 students to the UC campus to showcase the businesses they’ve developed throughout the school year, as part of Susan Sargen StEP (our Student Enterprise Program). This unique and fun marketplace provides an opportunity for our young entrepreneurs to sell and buy their custom-made products.
For more information about Market Madness and StEP, click here:

$martPath video series wins three Regional Emmy Awards!
We’re proud to share that our $martPath children’s video series won three Emmy awards at the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy competition!

The videos won in these three categories:

Children/Youth Content (the entire team)

Graphic Arts: Visual Effects (Michael Seppelt)

Audio & Music Composition (Megan Piphus)

A HUGE thanks to the creative team at WCET, led by Colin Scianamblo, the very talented Megan Piphus, who wrote and performed the songs, funk legend (and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer) Bootsy Collins, for his creative contributions and producing work, as well as all of the artists who built the sets and made the puppets, and the team from Madcap Puppets, for bringing many of these characters to life. This project also would not have been possible without the support of the SunTrust Foundation, through its “Lighting the Way” award.

This video project was an enormous undertaking, but everyone’s hard work has paid off in a much larger audience of $martPath users, and accolades like these!

Measuring the Economic Impact of Uptown Cincinnati BusinessesOn the Cincinnati msa
On behalf of Uptown Consortium Inc., Center researchers analyzed the economic and financial impact of anchor businesses and roughly 1,100 auxiliary businesses operating in Uptown’s five core neighborhoods: Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, CUF, and Mount Auburn. 
The research team found that the total economic impact of these institutions and businesses, both within and outside of Uptown, totals nearly $20.1 billion dollars!

Centering Black Women’s Upward Mobility in the Cincinnati Region

“The economy isn’t equal for everyone”. That’s how our research team led off its presentation on the findings of our work on behalf of The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation to assess Black women’s economic mobility in our region. 
Through their analysis, Center researchers found that in 2018, Black women held 10% of jobs in the five lowest-earning occupation groups, but less than three percent of jobs in the five highest-earnings occupation groups. 

Center Researchers Finish An Economic Impact Study of Black-Owned Businesses in Greater Cincinnati

The African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky hired the Center’s research team to measure the economic impact of Black-owned businesses in the region. After collecting data on 800 businesses, the team estimated that impact as more than $1.4 BILLION. 

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