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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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Money Smart Train-the-Trainer workshop held

Money Smart, Train-the-Trainer Workshop Held

Money Smart for Adults is a turnkey financial education program developed by the FDIC. Jump$tart partners, Blaine Grimes, Ann Marie Erie and Phyllis Phillips presented the 11-module program January 21st to forty-three attendees who will present the information to their audiences in the workplace, classroom and elsewhere.

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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,
March 11, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2015 Meeting Schedule

FREE Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are available across Louisiana. Click here for locations chart or call 211

College Goal Sunday

College Goal Sunday

College Goal Sunday (CGS) is a program provided through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance dedicated to helping college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the form required for federal and state financial aid, including grants and loans at all colleges in the country. This volunteer program gathers financial aid professionals from colleges and universities to answer questions and provide assistance to families filling out their FAFSA application online.

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Woodlawn HS Teacher
Attends Jump$tart National Educator Conference

David Wilburn who teaches a principles of business class at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge recently attended the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Los Angeles representing our State Coalition.  David reported there were 223 attendees from across the country, 53 exhibitors and many presenters, including a Math Magician, sharing a tremendous amount of financial literacy information.

Partners attending our December meeting discussed the state of financial  literacy in Louisiana among students and adults.Partners attending our December meeting discussed the state of financial literacy in Louisiana among students and adults.

Our 2014-15 Board of Directors

Blaine Grimes, President
Campus Federal Credit Union
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Vice-President
LSU AgCenter, Retired
Kathy Arnes, Secretary
Junior Achievement of Greater BR
Jodi Buckner, Treasurer
Lyons Specialty Co., LLC
Ginger Laurent
Lousiana Bankers Association
Ronnie Pocorello
EBRP School District
Emily Hester
LSU Cale P. Smith Student
Financial Management Center
Claire Loup
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
N.O. Branch
Ann Marie Erie
Neighbors Federal Credit Union

A Celebration at Scotlandville Magnet High School

Scotlandville Magnet High

On November 17th, Jump$tart’s President, Blaine Grimes joined Scotlandville Magnet High School of Excellence to celebrate the Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation Financial Scholars graduates.  More than 100 students earned their certification in Everfi - Financial Literacy, completing 8 hours of interactive modules.  CBBRF, Everfi’s largest and longest-standing partner in Louisiana, brought financial education to 164 schools in Louisiana last academic year.

Economically Vibrant Communities depend on Financially Capable Families

Sharing Resources with Teachers

As an exhibitor at the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies Conference held in Kenner in October, Louisiana Jump$tart was able to provide copies of FDIC’s Young Adults Money Smart program and Visa’s Financial Football program to over 250 educators in attendance.  The teachers were thrilled to receive turnkey resources and asked for additional copies to take back to other teachers at their school.

Speaker's Bureau

Invite a professional into your classroom, workplace or organization at no cost to teach the basics of personal finance.
Find a speaker in your area.

Financial Boot Camp

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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Who wants some football?

VISA Financial Football



LA Budget Project

The State of Working Louisiana

Stagnant wages and rising unemployment create challenges for the state

While corporate profits and worker productivity have grown considerably in Louisiana over the past three decades, typical Louisiana workers did not see much improvement in their paycheck, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project. The report, "State of Working Louisiana 2013," found the typical worker's pay increased by only 1 percent since 1979, but worker productivity has increased by 35 percent over that span. Louisiana workers are still facing wage gaps — men still make more than women and whites still make more money than blacks. The largest pay gap is between people with different levels of educational attainment, with those who have at least a bachelor's degree earning $8.26 an hour ($17,000 per year) more than those without one.

» View the full report.

Where do you go to get a “Really Free” Credit Report?

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.
Click here to get your really free credit report.


Making the Case for Financial Literacy - 2014

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.

Download the PDF

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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