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Jump$tart Washington Coalition - May 2014

Reading Day with Mayor

Mayor Suzette Cooke talks to 4th graders about money management and
saving money during Jump$tart Washington Reading Day in Kent, Washington.

The Jump$tart Washington Coalition is a nonprofit coalition created to promote the need for financial education in Washington State. We provide teacher training seminars, special events for students and reach citizens throughout the state. Our members include individuals, public and private organizations, educators, and non-profit associations — each passionate about making change and advancing our goal to:

  • Raise awareness for the need and importance of personal financial literacy
  • Increase the use of financial education programs in school and homes
  • Grow support for the coalition

In addition, the Jump$tart Washington Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy®.

Jump$tart Washington has several projects throughout the year that members and partners can participate in, including:

  • America Saves Week
  • Money Smart Week
  • Reading Days
  • Financial Education
  • Training
  • Membership Events

Join Washington’s Jump$tart Coalition and become a member. Help us get financial education into classrooms and homes and into the hands of organizations interested in impacting the lives of students in Washington.
Become a member and participate in events such as Reading Day, Washington Saves and Money Smart Week.

  • Individual: $25
  • Government/Non-profit: $100
  • Corporate: $250

Membership Benefits include:

  • Networking opportunities at Partner meetings and events
  • Insight into problems and solutions in financial literacy
  • Listing in Jump$tart promotional materials
  • Link and listing on the Jump$tart website

In addition to hosting teacher and non-profit financial education trainings, Money Smart Week events and Reading Days, the Jump$tart Washington Coalition is pleased to support financial education efforts throughout Washington State to benefit K-College students. A few of the grant-funded projects include:

BizKid$ — Online curriculum available to teachers, administrators and parents on-line and without cost. Each curriculum unit contains education content delivering lesson plans and activities addressing national curriculum standards in the areas of business, family & consumer science, and social studies. All curriculum units are mapped to Washington State Academic Learning Requirements and Jump$tart’s National Standards in Personal Finance. http://bizkids.com/teachers/jumpstart

Washington Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) —

  • Promotes the Financial Fitness national program within FCCLA groups throughout the state of Washington;
  • Assist high school students in impacting the financial literacy of their communities and schools;
  • Increase the number of schools and youth who create a project that qualifies them to apply for recognition for participation in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Financial Fitness National Program; and
  • Create models that can be replicated and share them with other communities including sharing the models at the FCCLA state conference for competition, and distribution through the Washington FCCLA web site.

NOTE: The Lake Stevens FCCLA received one of the Jump$tart grant and went on to win the National FCCLA financial fitness award. Lake Stevens FCCLA will receive $1,500 and recognition for the project at the national conference in San Antonio this summer. Their project will be described and highlighted in front of 7,000 people from all over the nation.

Consumer University –  Financial Education Ambassador Program (FEAP) at a high school in an underserved community where financial education content is largely absent.

  • High school students are taught personal finance from a curriculum presented by Consumer University. The curriculum is primarily be comprised of resources from the ‘Free Resources’ section of the Jump$tart Coalition’s Clearinghouse.
  • Students interested in becoming Financial Education Ambassadors (FEAs) are taught, through train-the-trainer presentations, how to present personal finance to middle school students.
  • Upon completion of training, FEAs commit to presenting at a middle school and to train future high school students to be FEAs before they graduate.
  • Train the trainer materials are maintained at the high schools so they can replicate FEAP on their own. Second generation FEAs can then carry on the work of the FEA who trained him/her, making use of the curricula and materials already on hand. A portion of the training includes how to research personal finance topics in order to keep future presentations and training current.

Junior Achievement® — Working with a National Board Certified instructor in the Renton School district to:

  • Develop, revise, test and reproduce new components for its JA Finance Park program that will address the background and experiences of youth from low income schools.
  • Coordinating a pilot program for 81 students from three schools during the 2014-2015 school year.
  • The curriculum will be made available to teachers and parents statewide free of charge.

President Amy O’Donnell
Jump$tart Washington Coalition
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