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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: 

July-2014

*** Financial Foundation "Umbrella" Workshop Series - Teacher Training (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

We are very sorry, but the event on July 7th - 9th at UA has been cancelled.  Please check back with us for other future events. 

Contact Buffy Murphy at (205) 437-2712 or by email at Turn on JavaScript!

Wednesday: July 30th:

Alabama Jump$tart will host a "Lunch & Learn" Luncheon at 11:30 am for Alabama high school and middle school educators attending the AACTE Conference in Birmingham, Alabama at the BJCC on July 30th . Speakers during the luncheon include the IRS, FRB, ASC, FDIC, ACES, ASCPA, Jump$tart, and other special guest.  Workshops hosted by partners will be held on July 29th, 30th, and 31st at the BJCC East Hall.  For additional details, please contact Buffy Murphy at (205) 437-2712 or Turn on JavaScript!

 April

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