Invest Early. Invest Now.
Get ready for the most intense, the most useful, and the most exciting experience you will probably have in high school: Join a Young Investors Society club today!
You’ll acquire the skills to make money in the stock market, give yourself a head start when applying for college, and gain experience competing in national competitions. You’ll learn how to turn a few dollars a week into millions of dollars by the time you are ready to retire. You’ll be eligible to receive the prestigious Certified Young Investment Analyst (CYIA®) designation. You’ll learn from some of the greatest investment minds in the industry, and join an amazing group of global young investors.
Are you ready to join us?
If you don’t have a Young Investors Society chapter at your high school, be the first to start it up. It’s easy.
Step 1. Recruit a Few Friends
Recruit 3-10 people to help you get the club up and running.
Step 2. Find a Teacher Sponsor
Find a sponsor. Your ideal candidate is likely to be a member of the faculty/staff who has:
- A strong commitment to working with youth and is well respected among the students.
- Experience in the basics of finance (often a mathematics, economics, or social studies teacher).
Step 3. Get Approval from Your School
Find out what requirements your high school has for starting a club. This is especially important if you want to use resources such as meeting rooms and permission to hold your events on school campus. Your school may also require you to have:
- A club constitution
- Club leadership positions
- A club sponsor
Step 4. Register Your Club
Register your Young Investors Society Chapter on www.yis.org
- Upon registration, your teacher sponsor will be sent a YIS Welcome Packet. Your club will also be assigned a YIS Primary Contact who will serve as your school’s mentor.
Some effective ways to recruit new members:
- Advertise on your social media networks
- Set up a booth at your school’s club week
- Reach out to friends
- Post fliers in busy parts of the school, such as the cafeteria
- Place an ad in your school’s newspaper
Step 5. Hold the First Club Meeting
- Invite your primary contact from YIS to join in the meeting to answer questions and provide support and guidance in setting up the action plan for the club.
- Download Lesson Plans, with the teacher sponsor downloading Lesson Plans with Answer Keys.
- Find out what interests the members the members have in learning about investing.
- Collect contact info for all your members.
- Start with Lesson 1. Encourage members to start preparing for the YIS Global Stock Pitch Competition.
- Announce when and where the next meeting will be held.
Step 6. Meet on Regular Basis
Most YIS chapters meet once a week. Meetings may be held more or less often depending on specific circumstances. Make sure that each member is working on their stock idea for the Global Stock Pitch Competition, and participating in monthly competitions.
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