Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Junior Economic Club of Chicago a nonprofit or for-profit organization?

The JECC is a registered, tax exempt nonprofit organization with full 501(c)3 status.

Does it cost money to participate in the Club - is there a membership fee?

No, membership in the club is completely free to students as the Club wants to ensure equal participation from students of all economic backgrounds.

What kinds of events does the Club host?

The JECC hosts various events throughout the year, the primary events being the Club’s quarterly Economic Forums. Each Economic Forum features distinct keynotes speakers in fields of entrepreneurship, business and finance. JECC members have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers and brainstorm new ideas for solutions and innovation. The forums also offer opportunity for JECC members to connect with leading figures of Chicago’s business world.

In addition to the quarterly forums, the JECC offers interesting weekly events for members to attend as part of the member engagement program. Many events offer exclusive access to some really interesting aspects of Chicago’s business and economics sectors. Some recent events include an exclusive tour of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, a private book signing and lecture, and the opportunity to experience Chicago entrepreneurship firsthand at Catapult Chicago.

What kinds of opportunities does the Club give to its members?

The JECC serves to first and foremost offer a platform of economic discussion for Chicago’s best, most determined high school students. The club does however, offer a wide array of benefits and opportunities to its members. Being a member of the JECC opens an invaluable set of connections with some of the best students in Chicago, along with leading figures in Chicago entrepreneurship, business, and finance sectors. JECC opportunities also include special consideration at partnered summer programs and internships, in addition to participation at the aforementioned events (outlined above) hosted by the club.

Do you have to be enrolled in an economics course at your high school to become a member?

No, many of the Club’s members are not enrolled in economics courses at their high school. While it is necessary for economics to be a passion of every applicant, a course is not required and does not reflect negatively on an applicant.  

How is the club structured?

The JECC has a President, Chairman, CFO, CSO, CMO, CIO, six board members, and a general member assembly of 70 members.

Does the club have a board of advisors?

No, the JECC is an entirely student run nonprofit and has had little to no external assistance in regards to administration.

How do I get involved?

Check out our Get Involved page for every way you can help out!

How is the club related to the Economic Club of Chicago?

The Economic Club of Chicago was a prominent inspiration in the founding of the Junior Economic Club of Chicago. The economic forums hosted by JECC have their roots in the ECC's galas centered around debate, discussion, and fostering meaningful connections. We also strive to create a similar culture which stimulates and encourages leadership. Despite this influence however the ECC has no controlling interest and the JECC is an entirely independent entity. 

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