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Financial Smarts for Students and Adults

Louisiana Jump$tart is a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial capability of individuals by providing advocacy and access to financial education programs and resources.

We are a 501 (c)(3) organization and invite you to get involved by becoming a partner and supporter.

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Jump$tart Boot Camp 2016
National Educator Conference

Ken Uffman Jump$tart National Educator Conference Scholarship
Applications Are Being Accepted

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition will be awarding a scholarship for attendance at the Jump$tart National Educator Conference to a Louisiana educator in a public, charter, or private school. Deadline to apply is September 9th.

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Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Announcement of Honorees

Our Baton Rouge honorees were presented with proclamations by Mayor Kip Holden and with a recognition plaque by President Blaine Grimes.

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition’s program, the Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll, recognizes companies that provide financial literacy as an added benefit to their employees. This recognition program is relevant and achievable for the workplace regardless of company size, industry, business model, resources and employee demographics.
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Workplace Financial Education honorees:

Alfred Miller Contracting, Lake Charles
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge
Central State Hospital, Pineville
Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette
Louisiana Farm Bureau, Baton Rouge
Louisiana State University, Office of Facility Services, Baton Rouge
Starmount Life Insurance Company, Baton Rouge

Congratulations to these honorees for making a difference in their employees’ long term financial well-being. Learn more about the benefits of making a commitment to deliver financial education to your employees.

Financial $marts Program Held at Woodlawn HS

Over 200 juniors and seniors at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge competed against each other recently in our Financial $marts for Students program. Our fun, yet informative program featured the games: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire! highlighting college preparation; Money Jeopardy, teaching smart money management; and Ask the Audience, covering financial aid and college planning.

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3 Strong Reasons to be an Official Member of Louisiana Jump$tart

  • Access to valuable education resources
  • Networking with other advocates
  • Continuing education

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Next Partner's Meeting

Date: Wednesday,
September 14th, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2016 Meeting Schedule
Request a Speaker

Invite a professional into your classroom, workplace or organization at no cost to teach the basics of personal finance.
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Personal Finance Resources

Jump$tart Clearinghouse

The premier online library of financial education resources, for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone committed to financial smarts for students.

Download files for Money Smart Adult Program

Jump$tart Member meetingPartners attending our June meeting heard from Dave Lefkowith, Assistant Superintendent of the Dept. of Education on the Financial Literacy component of their Jump Start program’s Micro-Enterprise Credential.

2016 Board of Directors

Blaine Grimes, President
Campus Federal Credit Union
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Vice-President
LSU AgCenter, Retired
Claire Loup, Secretary
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
N.O. Branch
Jodi Buckner, Treasurer
Society of La. Certified Public Accountants
Mark Marionneaux
Bank of Zachary
Ronnie Pocorello
EBRP School District
Renee’ Boutee Myer
LSU College of Human Sciences & Education
Ann Marie Erie
Kathy Arnes
Junior Achievement of Greater BR

The IRS offers “Understanding Taxes”, a free, fun, simple to use, interactive, online tool designed by teachers for teachers.
Check out the video on YouTube.


H.R. and Training Directors

What Will a Quality Financial Literacy Program Accomplish for Employees?

A quality financial literacy program should help your employees practice good financial behaviors. Over time these behaviors will result in positive changes in their financial lives.
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VISA Financial Football



According to the 2015 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling:

  • 59% of American adults said they deserve an "A" or "B" when it comes to their own personal financial knowledge.
  • 76% agree however, that they would benefit from advice and answers to everyday financial questions from a professional and 70% are currently worried about their personal finances.
  • 60% continue to spend without a budget. That is nearly the same as last year, which was the highest percentage in six years.
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You can get a free report from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies every 12 months. The official Website, www.annualcreditreport.com, is the ONLY authorized online source for you to get a free credit report under federal law. Some other sites claim to offer “free” credit reports, but may charge you for another product if you accept a “free” report.
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Making the Case for Financial Literacy - 2016

Each year the National Jump$tart office gathers statistical data from surveys its partners and other parties have conducted during the previous year and compiles the data into a document titled "Making the Case for Financial Literacy". There is a wealth of information in this document relating to students and adults and it can be used to make or support your case for financial literacy.

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News You Can Use

Let’s Talk Credit: 8 Must-Have Couple Conversations

Attitudes about using credit cards vary dramatically, and learning a partner’s outlook can avert all-too-common money disputes. Here are the eight top credit issues every couple should tackle.

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