On May 3 Rep. Ken Buck (R – Colo.) skyped with students participating in the SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge program. This national 14-week financial education competition organizes teams of middle and high school students by congressional and senatorial district and teaches them about saving, investing and government.

On May 3 Rep. Ken Buck (R – Colo.) skyped with students participating in the SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge program. This national 14-week financial education competition organizes teams of middle and high school students by congressional and senatorial district and teaches them about saving, investing and government.

Rep. Buck skyped with the student teams who are investing a hypothetical $100,000 in listed stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and learning about the capital markets. The national top 10 teams will be recognized at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., on June 21.

“For more than a decade, the SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge and Stock Market Game have helped students from around the country become financially capable,” said Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr., SIFMA president and CEO. “Our industry is committed to giving students the necessary tools to build a solid foundation so they can one day achieve their financial goals. I’d like to give special thanks to lawmakers like Rep. Ken Buck who are making virtual visits to engage students on these important issues.”

The competition uses the SIFMA Foundation’s curriculum-based Stock Market Game, a program that is offered to help students develop a better understanding of the global economy, become college and career ready, and improve their knowledge of math, economics, and business. The program is proven to raise student scores on tests of mathematics, economics and financial knowledge. It is also proven to positively impact students’ and teachers’ personal financial behavior.

“We thank Congress for its support of youth financial education through participation in SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge program,” said Melanie Mortimer, President of the SIFMA Foundation. “And we commend the personal commitment of Rep. Ken Buck for skyping with his Capitol Hill Challenge students and teachers to bring learning to life.”

Since the Capitol Hill Challenge began in 2004, more than 3,800 members of Congress matches have been made to schools reaching more than 103,000 students. Middle and high school students from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia are participating in this year’s competition. To view the weekly updates in the rankings from this year’s participating schools, visit the SIFMA Foundation’s website: http://www.sifma.org/chc/.

About SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game is a curriculum-based program where student teams in grades 4-12 learn about the global marketplace and long-term saving and investing fundamentals by using a hypothetical brokerage account. The program serves 15,000 teachers and 600,000 students annually. Teachers receive professional development and grade-level specific curriculum guides, lesson plans and newsletters to incorporate the program into their core mathematics, social studies, business, economics and language arts programs. For more on the Stock Market Game please visit: http://www.stockmarketgame.org.

About the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education The SIFMA Foundation is dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of the financial markets for individuals of all backgrounds, with a focus on youth. Drawing on the support and expertise of the financial industry, the SIFMA Foundation provides financial education programs and tools that strengthen economic opportunities across communities and increase individuals’ access to the benefits of the global marketplace. Notable Foundation programs include the Stock Market Game, which has served 16 million students since it began in 1977, the InvestWrite national essay competition, the Capitol Hill Challenge, and Invest It Forward. For more information on the work of the SIFMA Foundation, visit http://www.sifma.org/foundation.

About SIFMA SIFMA is the voice of the U.S. securities industry. We represent the broker-dealers, banks and asset managers whose nearly 1 million employees provide access to the capital markets, raising over $2.5 trillion for businesses and municipalities in the U.S., serving clients with over $20 trillion in assets and managing more than $67 trillion in assets for individual and institutional clients including mutual funds and retirement plans. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). For more information, visit http://www.sifma.org.