Sparking and Facilitating Chicago's Future

The Junior Economic Club brings together the best and brightest high school students in Chicago to an unparalleled ecosystem of discussion, exposure and leadership. We invest in Chicago's future by allowing students to understand and solve real-world economic problems in both the public and private sectors.

By giving these students a head start, we are nurturing more effective, experienced, and responsible leaders, thereby guaranteeing Chicago's prosperous future for generations to come. 

 

Our Story

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The JEC was founded in 2014 by Sam Lurye, a student at Lincoln Park High School, and a group of like-minded high school students. Since its inception, the JEC has been led by 5 different presidents, hosted more than 15 successful economic forums, and given incredible opportunities to hundreds of students across the city.

Our quarterly economic forums and events give our members a chance to hear from and network with some of the most prominent business leaders in Chicago. In addition, JEC members forge lifelong friendships and find a community within our member base.

The well-connected and knowledgable professionals at our events often give internships, connections, and other exclusive opportunities to students they meet.

The well-connected and knowledgable professionals at our events often give internships, connections, and other exclusive opportunities to students they meet.

Our members come from all types of ethnic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. We emphasize women, diversity, and inclusion.

Our members come from all types of ethnic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. We emphasize women, diversity, and inclusion.

We partner with large organizations such as LinkedIn, Deloitte, Citadel, and the University of Chicago to put on our economic forums and events.

We partner with large organizations such as LinkedIn, Deloitte, Citadel, and the University of Chicago to put on our economic forums and events.

Spark your interest? Join us.

Members empowering young, underserved students with the basics of personal finance and economics through our High Returns program

Members listening to influential speakers at an Economic Forum

Our members can expand their knowledge, meet prolific business professionals, and strengthen their community though our exclusive workshops, tours, and volunteer opportunities.

The Junior Economic Club is one of the most selective student-led organizations in the country. Our members are curious, driven, and represent nearly 20 Chicago schools.

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