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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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Next Partner's Meeting

Date: Wednesday,
December 3rd, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2014 Meeting Schedule

LSU Student Financial Management Center Opens in New Location

(l to r): Layne McDaniel, Debbie Lapeyrouse, Cale P. Smith, Dr. Fran Lawrence, Emily Hester and Blaine Grimes

Jump$tart partners helped Emily Hester, Coordinator celebrate a new facility designed to help students find their way in school, career and life now located in the LSU Student Union. The LSU Olinde Career Center, occupying 17,000 square feet houses the Cale P. & Katherine Smith Student Financial Management Center where students can learn how to balance a budget and learn how to stay out of debt.

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CFPB Publishes Report on Workplace Financial Wellness


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a report designed to promote financial wellness in the workplace. The report contains case studies to educate employers about practices that can improve employees’ financial health and increase worker productivity. The report encourages companies to work with new employees on financial wellness and to support peer-to-peer support with work teams.

FICO Score Changes Could Help Millions of Americans

As of July, about 64.3 million consumers in the U.S. had a medical collection on their credit report, according to data from credit bureau Experian, and a hope is on the horizon for them.

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PISA 2012 Results:
Students & Money

This sixth volume of PISA 2012 results examines 15-year-old students’ performance in financial literacy in the 18 countries and economies that participated in this optional assessment.

View the report

Partners attending our June meeting learned about financial education events Jump$tart has planned and shared information on their activities and events held during April, National Financial Literacy Month.

Money Smart, Train-the-Trainer Workshop Held

Money Smart is a turnkey financial education program for an adult audience developed by the FDIC. Truvander Kennedy, Community Affairs Specialist with the FDIC presented the 11-module program August 20th to thirty-nine attendees who will present the information to their audiences in the workplace, classroom and elsewhere.

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Partners attending our September meeting learned about financial education programs and events our partners are involved in along with the events Jump$tart has planned.Partners attending our September meeting learned about financial education programs and events our partners are involved in along with the events Jump$tart has planned.

Our 2014 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

Personal Finance Resources

Jump$tart Clearinghouse

The Jump$tart Clearinghouse provides an easy-to-use, free online database of personal finance resources designed for teaching and learning. Targeted users include educators, students and parents from pre-kindergarten through college. Many of the materials are also suitable for adults.

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.

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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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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The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act allows access to

your credit report to those with a “permissible purpose”,

such as someone who intends to use the information in

connection with a credit transaction involving the extension

of credit or the review or collection of an account; for

employment purposes; in connection with the underwriting

of insurance; to determine eligibility for a license; or for

legitimate business needs. Your consent is not required.