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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visit Jump$tart Clearinghouse Teacher Training In the Spotlight

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors chose two recipients to receive the Ken Uffman Jump$tart National Educator Conference Scholarship.  They are Etheldra Christel Sharp, a teacher at Neville High School, Monroe City Schools and Dr. Mona Ristovv Reed, an alternative school instructor at Moss Prep, Lafayette Parish School District. 

Financial $marts Program Held for
Broadmoor HS Juniors and Seniors

On April 10th, our Jump$tart team gave 45 Broadmoor High School students an unforgettable educational experience. These students participated in our Financial $marts Mad City Money Simulation taking on a new life with careers, spouses and even a list of children. The students walked though an hour long simulation that gave them real life scenarios on financial decision making. They visited 10 different tables and completed their choice of items to fill in their budget including housing, transportation, groceries and dining, home goods, clothing, child care, the mall, entertainment and a financial institution to assist with making sound financial decisions. This exercise opened many students’ eyes to the reality faced by adults every day. Thank you to our team of volunteers!

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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: Thursday,
December 14th , 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2018 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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Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll
Announcement of 2017 Honorees

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 2017 Workplace Financial Education honorees:

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

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.

Angela Morrison (left), Marketing Supervisor and Connie Roy, President/CEO of Lafayette Schools Credit Union receive their recognition plaque from President Blaine Grimes.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of La. Human Resources team of (left) Stephanie Fiscus, Madison Tassin, Eileen Wilcox, Keisha Boss, and Ashley Graham receive their recognition plaque from J$ President Blaine Grimes.
Will Scott (left), CEO and Angie Scott, CFO of Search Influence receive their recognition plaque from Jump$tart President Blaine Grimes.

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 meetingAt our September meeting, partners discussed the 8th Annual Financial Education Boot Camp for educators planned for Alexandria in September and Baton Rouge in October.

2017 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
Robbin Hardee
Metairie Bank
Ronnie Pocorello
EBRP School District
Renee’ Boutee Myer
LSU College of Human Sciences & Education
Brigitte Nieland
Louisiana Association of Business & Industry
Kathy Arnes
Junior Achievement of Greater BR, Retired

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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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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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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