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Educational Programs

The Programs Dedicated to Bringing Economic Literacy to a State Ranked Among the Worst in the Country in Terms of Financial Education

Why "Economic"

Our mission is to provide an educational program to middle schoolers on not only the important aspects of financial literacy, but also how to use concepts of economic theory for real-world applications and understanding.

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CELI Partners and Counting


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CELI Partners and Counting

Data from CELI Student Exit Surveys


of surveyed CELI students responded that the program was both an enjoyable and educational experience for them


of surveyed CELI students responded that the program taught them lessons that would be valuable to use for the rest of their lives.


of surveyed CELI students responded that the program inspired them to take more classes economics & finance classes in high school.


was the average score on the final assessment of the program, a comprehensive exam on the topics learned during the classes.


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Meet The Founders

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Gabriel Agüero

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Gabe Agüero is a senior at Edwin O Smith High School in Storrs, CT. He is extremely passionate about finding ways to apply economic theory to better decision-making on a global scale, and his primary goal with this initiative is  to concentrate this application through economic educational programs and articles for the state he calls home.


Connor Dudas

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Connor Dudas is a senior at Edwin O Smith High School in Storrs, CT. He is interested in integrating macroeconomic theory with practical financial principles and contributing to CELI’s ever growing body of research and scholarship on public policy, financial institutions, and fiscal developments in the Nutmeg state.

Business cycle

What does it mean when we are in a recession? What factors determine a healthy economy?


Learn why 1,000,000 dollars may not be as impressive as it sounds. 

budgeting and investing

Taxes, retirement plans, and all of the important financial aspects that school doesn't teach.


From lemonade markets to stock markets, learn about how supply and demand affect our everyday lives.

What topics does Celi teach?


educational opportunities

If you are a middle school principal or teacher, please email us at
to collaborate in implementing our program at your school.

If you are parent or middle schooler interested in attending our program, please register below. 

Upcoming Events

  • Time is TBD
    This was part 2 of our summer programs for middle schoolers in Connecticut with no school affiliation
  • Upcoming CELI Program @ Hall Memorial School
    Time is TBD
    This program is fully online and is exclusively for HMS students. It will be a 5-week program.
  • Finished CELI  Program @ Mansfield Middle School
    Program Completed
    This program was fully virtual and exclusively for MMS students. It was the inaugural 5-week CELI program.
  • Finished CELI's Statewide Virtual Summer Programs
    Program Completed
    This was for any middle schooler who is interested in participating that does not already have a partnered school with CELI. We hosted 2 1-week programs.
  • Finished CELI  Program @ Ashford Middle School
    Program Completed
    This program was a 5-week fully virtual economic literacy program exclusively for AMS students.
  • Upcoming CELI Program 2 @ Mansfield Middle School
    Time TBD
    This program is fully virtual and for all MMS students - new or CELI alumni! This is a 5-week virtual program.
  • Finished CELI Program @ E.O. Smith High School
    Program Completed
    This was a CELI Program taught to high schoolers on important financial literacy concepts for college (FAFSA, Financial-Aid, scholarships, etc.)
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Previous Student Quote

Great club! All I have to say is I had a great time overall!



When Connor Dudas and Gabe Aguero approached me about hosting a middle school economics club, I was immediately onboard. I knew there would be a lot of student interest in this topic. The project was a great success. Connor and Gabe were able to convey their goals to potential participants in order to draw them in. They were able to keep students actively participating because of their careful planning for each session. Even though the club had to meet over Zoom, the sessions were interesting, fun, and filled with useful information. Connor and Gabe each have a deep understanding of economics and it was a pleasure to see how professionally they shared their knowledge with others.


Impacts of Previous Financial Literacy Initiatives

Evidence from The Impact of School-Based Financial Education on High School Students and Their Teachers: Experimental Evidence from Peru

by Veronica Frisancho



  • The introduction of financial education improved students’  financial knowledge by 0.14 standard deviations.

  • Grade specific financial knowledge increased by 0.14 standard deviations.

  • The treatment produced a 0.18 standard deviation increase in cumulative GPA.

  • Mathematics and language performance increased by approximately 0.15-0.16 standard deviations.

  • The aggregate improvement was 0.03 standard deviations for self control, with the largest individual deviation being identified among tenth graders (0.06 standard deviations).

  • The intervention exerted a significant impact on financial behavior and was responsible for significant increases in price comparison and preferences for saving instead of borrowing, 1.2 and 1.3 percentage points, respectively.

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