A dozen Evanston children are participating in a special after-school program called the Stock Market Game.  Each one of four teams has $100,000 to spend – virtually!

The Stock Market Game is being piloted for the first time in partnership with Family Focus and the Evanston North Shore Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The students are enrolled in teams and create and manage investment portfolios as they research and evaluate companies and stock data. They make investment decisions based on what they have learned. In the process, the teams develop leadership, organization, negotiation and cooperation skills as they compete for the top spot according to the Stock Market Game website.

The game is part of a state-wide effort to increase financial literacy across Illinois.  Each week teams can log in to see whether their stock selections produced gains or losses.  They can also see how their team ranks with others across the state.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority provides scholarships to high school seniors in Evanston and surrounding communities.  This year the group’s focus is on ways to build economic empowerment.

For more information visit www.stockmarketgame.org.