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WHO ARE WE?

The Alabama Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization that was established in December 2002 in Alabama to increase financial education in kindergarten through college.  Alabama Jump$tart is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy which is based in Washington, D.C. and was first convened in 1995. For more information, visit the National Jump$tart website at www.jumpstart.org

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Alabama Jump$tart Coalition seeks to increase financial literacy for all K-16 students in Alabama by collaborating with other organizations in Alabama to promote financial literacy.

VISION STATEMENT:

The Alabama Jump$tart Coalition envisions a time when all Alabama young people will be financially literate and equipped to achieve lifetime financial goals upon graduation from high school.  http://www.jumpstart.org/reality-check.html


Alabama Jump$tart Coalition Events and Meetings

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2014 Events: 

 

November 2014

The Jump$tart National Educator Conference is focused, specifically, on personal finance education.  This event will be held in Los Angeles, CA at the Omni Hotel at California Plaza on November 8th - November 10th, 2014.

Jump$tart’s National Educator Conference was designed, specifically, with classroom teachers in mind—combining content knowledge with teaching techniques.    Additionally, many of our 

funders have sponsored the event to meet their own objectives of supporting teachers and schools; therefore, classroom teachers are given top priority to register.   In October, if there is still space 

available, we will open registration to: school administrators, parents who are home-schooling their own children, and others who teacher personal finance to PreK-12 students outside the U.S. or 

outside the formal classroom setting.  

 http://www.jumpstart.org/teacher-conference.html

October 2014

*** Get Smart about Credit - October 16, 2014 ***

The Get Smart About Credit program -- sponsored by the ABA -- is a national campaign started by volunteer bankers who worked with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely. This national event has grown over the years to include all types of financial institutions. Together, we celebrate this year's  "Get Smart About Credit" during the month of October.   As an advocate for financial education, we encourage parents, teachers, and the community to share financial knowledge and skills with youth. 

July 2014

Alabama Jump$tart hosted a "Lunch & Learn" Financial Educatin Luncheon at 11:30 am for Alabama high school and middle school Educators attending the AACTE Conference in Birmingham, Alabama at the BJCC on July 30, 2014. Speakers during the luncheon included Representatives from the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Reserve Bank, Alabama Securities Commmision, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Society of CPA's, Junior Achievement, the National Jump$tart Coalition, and special guest, Mrs. Glenda Allred, Deputy State of Alabama Treasurer.  Workshops hosted by partners were held on July 29th, 30th, and 31st at the BJCC East Hall.  Turn on JavaScript!

Alabama Jump$tart - Day of Financial Literacy 2014

April 2014

Governor Bentley Proclaims April as "Facts on Saving and Investing" month.   Alabama Joins in National "Facts on Saving and Investing" Investor Education Initiative.   

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA (April 16, 2014) – Joseph Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission, announced today that the Securities Commission is taking part in a national grass-roots investor education campaign to help provide investors with the information they need to make wise financial decisions and protect themselves from financial fraud.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a proclamation today declaring the month of April 2014 as ‘Facts on Saving and Investing Campaign Month.’  The words of the proclamation are shown below. 

The month-long investor education campaign, the ‘Facts on Saving and Investing Campaign,’ began as a joint effort of state and Canadian provincial securities regulators 16 years ago. 

Borg said, “We are pleased once again to partner with members of the Alabama Jump$tart Coalition to visit schools and participate in media events to generate an awareness in all  Alabama citizens to learn and apply proven savings and investment strategies.  Effective management of income and assets will have a major impact on the quality of life today and tomorrow.  The Commission and members of the Alabama Jump$tart Coalition are also proud to provide a vast array of professionally-produced educational materials free of charge.”

“With recent difficult economic times, a turbulent stock market, longer life expectancies, and uncertain future of Social Security and pension plans, smart planning for retirement is more vital than ever,” said Borg. Financial education has never been more important. Investors need to understand the basics of saving and investing, know how to check out an investment or salesperson and how to protect themselves against possible fraud.”

“It is never too early, or too late, to start saving and investing for your future” said Borg, whose staff is available to visit high schools and colleges, make presentations to all types of organizations representing a wide cross-section of Alabama citizens, and conduct news media interviews. All these activities occur year round to educate Alabamians about topics such as investing, credit and fraud prevention.   “Making smart financial choices – from using credit wisely to saving for retirement and avoiding fraud – is the best way to ensure you can meet your financial goals,” says Borg. 

The Alabama Securities Commission enforces Alabama’s securities laws, licenses/registers brokers, firms, and securities products, provides background reports on financial professionals and promotes investor education and fraud prevention programs.

Potential investors can contact the Alabama Securities Commission for inquiries regarding securities broker-dealers, agents, investment advisors, investment advisor representatives, financial planners, the registration status of securities, to report suspected fraud, or obtain consumer information:  Telephone: (334) 242-2984 or 1-800-222-1253 Fax: (334) 242-0240 Email: Turn on JavaScript! Website: www.asc.alabama.gov

Resource Material: http://www.jumpstart.org/money-smart-child.html