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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2018 Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Program - Call for Applications

The Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Program is now accepting applications for business or non-profit organizations (including state and local government entities) that have developed and implemented programs designed to increase financial education and financial well-being of their employees.

Join our 2017 Workplace Financial Literacy honorees in being recognized for making a difference in your employees’ long term financial well-being.

  • ARC of Acadiana, New Iberia
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge
  • Knight Media, Lake Charles
  • Lafayette Schools Credit Union, Lafayette
  • Medical Resources and Guidance, Ville Platte
  • Search Influence, New Orleans
  • Shreveport Job Corps, Shreveport

Click here for eligibility criteria. Deadline for submission is March 23, 2018. Honorees will be announced and recognized in April in support of Financial Literacy Month. Apply today and have your business or organization recognized as a leader in workplace financial education.

Next Gen Personal Finance FINCAMP

Next Gen Personal Finance, a non-profit organization founded to connect educators with free resources, held a one-day workshop in Baton Rouge on December 11th. The workshop was attended by 36 teachers from 15 school districts.

Louisiana Scholarship Recipients Attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy awarded two full scholarships for attendance at the Jump$tart National Educator Conference held November 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The Louisiana educator recipients were Etheldra Christel Sharp, a teacher at Neville High School, Monroe City Schools who has been an educator for 15 years, and Mona Ristovv Reed, an alternative school instructor at Moss Prep School, Lafayette Parish Schools who has also been an educator for 15 years. The conference offered classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try educational resources that can be integrated immediately into current lesson plans; to attend informative workshops under two different strands—curriculum/content and personal growth; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country. We celebrate you Christel and Mona for all you do to advance financial education for students in our state.

8th Annual Financial Education Boot Camp
Held in Alexandria and Baton Rouge

The topics covered at this year’s Boot Camp included Earning, Spending, Saving, Budgeting, and Investing. Educators learned how to create and implement a budgeting simulation for students in their classroom. They learned about investing firsthand by participating in a simulation of the Stock Market Game.

Recap on Alexandria:

· Held September 15th
· 83 Attended
· 12 School systems represented
· 15 Sponsors

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Recap on Baton Rouge:

· Held October 13th
· 91 Attended
· 25 School systems represented
· 26 Sponsors

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Thank you to the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for co-hosting the Boot Camps with us. And, special thanks to our Partner Steering Committee for their time, talent, and dedication in making this event a success each year and to our sponsors who support our efforts to better prepare teachers to bring this important education to students in their classroom.

Thanks to our sponsors

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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At our December meeting, partners heard from one of our J$ National Educator Conference Scholarship recipients, Christel Sharp with Monroe City Schools, on her experiences at the conference in D.C.

Next Partner's Meeting

Date: Wednesday,
March 7th, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2018 Meeting Schedule
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The IRS offers “Understanding Taxes”, a free, fun, simple to use, interactive, online tool designed by teachers for teachers.
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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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According to the 2016 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling:

  • More than one in ten adults say they roll over $2,500 or more in credit card debt each month, up from 2015.
  • 56% - down slightly from the last year years – give themselves a grade of A or B on their knowledge of personal finance.
  • Among those who are currently repaying loans, 66% say student loans (either their own or their children’s) impact their overall personal financial situation negatively.
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Making the Case for Financial Literacy - 2017

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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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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