State Coalition of the Year Award

Jump$tart’s State Coalition of the Year Award was first suggested by Dr. Lew Mandell, one of the Jump$tart Coalitions founding board members, and was introduced in 2005.  This award recognizes the significant contribution from affiliated state coalitions, and is an opportunity to show our appreciation for these grassroots coalitions, which operate almost entirely with volunteers.

The State Coalition of the Year Award recognizes: the sound structure and management of the state coalition; its effectiveness and innovation in reaching, supporting, and assisting teachers; its public awareness activities; its effectiveness in carrying out Jump$tart’s State Coalition Common Strategy; and the level of participation and collaboration within the coalition itself. 

The 2017 State Coalition of the Year will be announced at the Jump$tart Annual Awards Dinner. 

2016 Winner: Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition

Among other initiatives, the Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition and it's president, Christopher Lee (pictured right, center) was recognized for accomplishing:

    • A survey for all Connecticut public high schools to assess which schools were teaching financial literacy.
    • Held a Financial Literacy Summit where nearly 150 educators, parents, business people and policymakers gathered at Rentschler Field in East Hartford to begin collaborating on new ways to improve the financial education of the state’s youth.
    • A new financial literacy outreach initiative with the state Science Center.Contributions to Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr.’s legislation (Senate Bill 319), which is making headway to make personal finance a requirement for high school graduation in the state. 

For additional information, see the press release.

Past Winners

2015: Montana Financial Education Coalition

2014: Maine Jump$tart

2013: Colorado Jump$tart

2012: Jump$tart Washington

2011: Iowa Jump$tart

2010: California Jump$tart

2009: Tennessee Jump$tart

2008: Virginia Jump$tart

2007: Louisiana Jump$tart

2006: Utah Jump$tart

2005: Wisconsin Jump$tart