The past few years have been tough, but there is hope on the horizon. Here’s some good news: there’s an arsenal of inspirational and informative messengers standing at the ready to equip you with the tools needed to rebuild your life. We’ve gathered these messengers together, identified 10 lessons crucial for your success, and are ready to share them with you.
Check out our FAQ and find out how to earn a certificate in one or both tracks, and enter to win an iPad!
The Economics of Empowerment is designed with two key tracks to push your life in a direction that works for you. Registration is free and open to all students. Reclaim your life this summer and sign up today!
FEE Academy: Self Empowerment track
The Self-Empowerment track will help you harness the power of your raw emotions and use them as fuel to ignite your light for life. We have 5 lessons that will teach you to redirect your anger for good, build your life from the bottom up, step into your power, set achievable goals, and keep your creativity burning bright.
This track will run weekly starting Thursday, July 7 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET, concluding on Thursday, August 4. Each session will feature 15 minutes of Q&A for students to ask direct questions about the subject material.
FEE Academy: Economics track
The Economics track will show you how to approach the world like an economist, helping you think clearer, make better decisions, and understand life as it is. We have 5 lessons that will teach you about unintended consequences + incentives, the difference between economic systems, why inflation is surging, comparative advantage, and the economics of sports.
This track will run weekly starting Wednesday, July 6 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET, concluding on Wednesday, August 3. Each session will feature 15 minutes of Q&A for students to ask direct questions about the subject material.
"The public speaker was very charismatic and insightful making the speech very engaging and helpful." High School Student
"This webinar was incredibly inspiring! I learned not only about business, but about various aspects of character, as well, and it was refreshing to see such a passionate speaker speak about such a complex topic." High School Student
"Not only does FEE provide teachers and students with tremendous resources, they also arrange informative and interactive webinars so we can learn to teach and apply the ideas of economics and freedom more effectively." High School Teacher
"I really enjoyed this session, and I also love the way the information was delivered. It was engaging and empowering." High School Students
"The webinars are so inspiring. They helped me realize what i need to do to reach my goals in life and they helped me understand i little bit better of the world. I will honestly hold the lessons that were taught in my heart for a very long time." High School Student
"I want to show this to my students! You explained the opportunity cost of student loans so well! Our students need to see these numbers! Thank you!!!" High School Teacher
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Self-Empowerment 1: Get Angry! (July 7, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
Anger can cloud our perspective and keep us from living the life we desire. However, it can also push us to take practical action to make positive change. In this session, Founder & Executive Director of Successteam Tim Behling will walk us through honoring our anger and turning it into fuel to achieve our highest desires.
Speaker: Tim Behling
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Watch this video and answer the following questions: How do others define you and how do you want to define yourself moving forward?
Self Empowerment 2: Start Small (July 14, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
In this session, we'll show you how to create big changes by taking small steps. You'll learn how to set realistic goals without watering down your dreams. And we'll show you how to avoid the common mistakes and pitfalls that keep most people from getting started.
Speaker: Tim Behling
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Watch this video and answer the following questions: Does productivity require/necessitate sacrificing time? What enables productivity? Do you feel subscribed to “hustle culture”?
Self-Empowerment 3: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome (July 21, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
Do you have a voice inside your head telling you that you’re unworthy? You’re not the only one. In this session, we’ll teach you how to resolve the fears and self-doubts that stop you from using your inner voice, from helping others, and from following your dreams.
Speaker: Christian Watson
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Watch this video and answer the following questions: What is one barrier that stops you from pursuing your passion? Have you ever had an internal/external voice of judgment question your worthiness? Why not you?
Self-Empowerment 4: Goal Setting (July 28, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
Achieving goals can be difficult — but mostly because they remain undefined and untraced. In this session, we’ll teach you how to clarify your preferences and priorities, how to keep yourself accountable, how to distinguish goals from desires, and the secrets of habit formation.
Speaker: T.K. Coleman
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Watch this video and answer the following questions: When T.K. says "make the world for you," what does that mean/look like to you? There's great power in choice; what is the difference between decision and discovery?
Self-Empowerment 5: Work on Your Dreams as If You Were Awake (August 4, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
It’s fun to dream big, but what happens when we actually want to achieve big? Taking those first steps can be daunting, but T.K. Coleman is here to show you how to attain and implement your wildest dreams through actionable steps.
Speaker: T.K. Coleman
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Watch this video and answer the following questions: How do you engage your creative abilities? Putting creative energy into practice might sound overwhelming sometimes; what are 3 ways you can start creating right now?
Economics 1: What’s Deadlier Than a Cobra? (July 6, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
This session explores the limits of central planning through experiments in which students attempt to allocate society's resources in order to make people better off. Students will learn real-world examples that demonstrate how the knowledge problem creates unintended consequences.
Speaker: James Harrigan
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Read this article and answer the following questions: Why do incentives matter? Can you think of any other cases in your daily life where you have experienced unintended consequences?
Economics 2: Comparative Economic Systems (July 13, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
This session examines the differences among central planning and market systems, explores why all societies employ combinations of both, and which combinations tend to yield the best outcomes.
Speaker: Antonio Saravia
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Read this article and answer the following questions: What is a market system? What characteristic separates a market system from a central planning system?
Economics 3: Inflation 101 (July 20, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
Inflation, some say, is the “poor’s tax” since it directly punishes the savings of those who have the least. It is also a “fair tax” because it hits everyone equally, but what is inflation really? In this session, we will explore how it originates, its uses as an instrument of monetary policy, how it affects us, and how it can be dealt with.
Speaker: Antonio Saravia
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Read these two articles (one and two) and answer the following questions: What causes inflation? What's one solution for helping balance return? Does inflation happen evenly? If a whole society’s money supply increased, would the society be better off?
Economics 4: No One on Earth Knows How to Make a Pencil (July 27, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
A pencil is a simple tool composed of only five materials, yet no one knows how to make one. Many people know how to make pieces, and many others know how to put those pieces together. This session explores the basis for modern economies — specialization and exchange — by considering the case of the simple pencil.
Speaker: James Harrigan
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Read this article and answer the following questions: What does the division of labor accomplish? How does specialization increase productivity and improve people’s lives?
Economics 5: Why Economics Is Cool — Using Sports! (August 3, 2022 | 2–3 p.m. ET)
In this session, we will use sports as a vehicle to explain basic economic concepts (value, supply & demand) and extract more technical lessons as well (like optimization and behavioral economics).
Speaker: Kurt Rotthoff
Pre-webinar assignment (optional): Read this article and answer the following questions: How is the economic value of athletes influenced by fans? Who is the ultimate boss in the market of sports?
Meet Your Instructors!
Founder & Executive Director of Successteam
T. K. Coleman
Director of Entrepreneurial Education at FEE
James R. Harrigan
F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow; Senior Editor at the American Institute for Economic Research
The Foundation for Economic Education is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we strive to make quality education available to as many people as possible. That’s why FEE Academy is available at no cost to you!Register now!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this program for?
High school-aged students and anyone else with an interest in economics and finance.
I heard you're raffling off two iPads. How do I sign up?
Yes, we are! By registering for this webinar series you're automatically eligible to participate in this giveaway. Just attend two webinars in either track and be entered to win!
How can I receive a certificate of completion?
Attendees will receive a certificate if they attend at least 3 webinars in a single track (for 30+ minutes) once the series is complete. Please allow up to 3 business days after the last webinar to receive your certificate. Attendees may earn 1 or both digital certificates.
Are homeschooled students invited to attend?
Do attendees need to bring anything to prepare for the program?
No, but there are optional assignments that attendees can complete before each webinar if this kind of content is new to them.
Where will this webinar take place?
Zoom. A link will be sent to you once you register.
I am just interested in one webinar. Can I access that program without attending the entire track?
Absolutely! Just proceed with registering for the track, which will give you access to each Zoom webinar. Attend as many or as few as you'd like! The content will still be relevant, even if you've missed out on the earlier sessions. If you are interested in receiving a certificate, make sure to attend at least 3 webinars (for 30+ minutes!)
What assignments should students complete?
Each webinar features an additional resource and optional assignment to complete before the program. For homeschool groups, classes, and students looking to get maximum benefit from this webinar series, the assignments will guarantee a comprehensive understanding of the topics. They are also great introductory material for attendees who’ve never engaged with our topics before.
Will the sessions be recorded?
No, our sessions will not be recorded. Each session is only available live, and are scheduled in Eastern Time (EDT). If you and your students are interested in a specific topic (15 students or more), you can book your own session for an alternative time. Message [email protected] if this is the case, so we can make sure to count your sessions towards the student certificates!
Help! My class or homeschool group is watching these sessions via one Zoom link, but they all want to apply for their individual certificates.
Worry not! For the parent or teacher organizing this event, make sure to fill out how many students (by age range) will be attending our Academy. Have each student register individually as well. Once you’ve registered and received your Zoom links, email [email protected] from the email you used to register and let us know the situation (subject line: FEE Academy: Class Viewing (YOUR NAME)).
After each webinar, email us your attendance sheet with the student FULL NAME and EMAIL used at registration. Make sure to make the subject line “FEE Academy: NAME OF SESSIONS (YOUR NAME’s class attendance)”
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