The School Outreach Initiative brings New York Fed staff into the classroom to give accessible and informative 45-minute presentations on topics such as the role of the Federal Reserve, monetary policy, and a history of the Federal Reserve System. It is designed to reach students in schools in the Federal Reserve's Second District that may benefit from resources to teach economic literacy, including Title I high schools and community colleges. The program aims to advance understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve and help increase diversity in the fields of economics and finance.
Visits are free and can be scheduled Monday through Friday during the school year. Only schools in the Federal Reserve's Second District are eligible. Interested professors and teachers should request a visit.
Please note that this program is first-come, first-served on an on-going basis throughout the year. Visits are not guaranteed, and are subject to availability.
The School Outreach Initiative gives students an opportunity to learn directly from New York Fed staff in their classrooms. SOI program sessions encourage active dialogue between students and New York Fed employees, and help develop students' analytical and critical thinking. The program also serves to complement a school's social studies, civics, history, economics and/or business curriculum.
During each school visit, New York Fed staff present one of the following lessons:
Basic Introduction to the Federal Reserve
This 45-minute presentation teaches students the connection between money, the economy and the Federal Reserve, with a focus on how the Fed’s roles and responsibilities affect people's everyday lives. Topics covered include:
- What is money?
- Money and the economy
- What is a central bank?
- How the Federal Reserve promotes the effective operation of the U.S. economy
Advanced Introduction to the Federal Reserve
This 45-minute presentation details the structure of the Federal Reserve as a decentralized, central bank and its policy responsibilities. Topics covered include:
- What is the Federal Reserve System?
- What is the structure of the Federal Reserve System?
- What is the Federal Reserve's role in the economy?
Introduction to Monetary Policy
This 45-60-minute presentation explains how the economy's health is measured and the Fed's role in supporting its health, using analogies to explain everyday ideas and concepts. Topics covered include:
- Key indicators used to study the economy, such as GDP, inflation and unemployment
- How the Fed uses the federal funds rate to influence interest rates in the economy
- Expansionary v. contractionary monetary policy