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Vermont Jump$tart Highlights at a Glance

  • The "Color of Money" Presentation from the 2013 Common $ense Conference

April Jump$tart Meeting Announced

You are invited to our next Vermont Jump$tart meeting on Friday, April 4, at 1:30-3:30 p.m. at People's United Bank, downtown Burlington.


Save the Date for the 9th Annual Conference for Teachers and Parents on Nov. 12

Vermont Jump$tart volunteers are already hard at work to bring you another great Common $ense Conference. Be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at Capitol Plaza, Montpelier. Look for further details in September/October. 

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Vermont Jump$tart Sponsors Personal Finance Competition at FBLA

Vermont Jump$tart was proud to sponsor the Personal Finance competition at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference on March 11 and 12 in Burlington. Vermont Jump$tart vice-president Deb Unica (front) congratulates competition winners Casey Gould, Windham Regional Career Center; Eamon Martin, Windham Regional Career Center; Brendan O'Donnell (1st place), Hartford Area Career & Technology Center; and Erin Wood, Hartford Area Career & Technology Center.




ABA Announces Winners in Financial Literacy Video Contest

In recognition of America Saves Week, the American Bankers Association announced the top three winners in its national “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest.  We thought our students and teachers in Vermont might enjoy watching the videos. To view the videos, click here.  

The judging panel, which consisted of personal finance and marketing experts, awarded Oskar Velazquez De Leon the grand prize for his video, “Advice from My Car.” Velazquez De Leon, from Mesa, Ariz., was a national finalist after winning first place at the U.S. Bank branch in Mesa, Arizona.

The campaign, which launched in 2010 as an offshoot of ABA’s Teach Children to Save program, is a unique competition that encourages kids to use video to communicate the value of saving and motivate their peers. More than 120 banks and branches from 44 states hosted local levels of the competition and selected a winner to represent their bank to compete at the national level. Keating attributes LCS’ success to the bankers’ efforts in promoting and hosting the contest locally.

The parent program, Teach Children to Save, is a national campaign to organize banker volunteers in efforts to educate young people about the importance of developing a lifelong savings habit. This year the program will celebrate its 18th anniversary on April 11. Since 1997, it has reached 6 million young people with the help of more than 130,500 banker volunteers.

"Color of Money" Presentation from the 2013 Common $ense Conference

If you missed the Common $ense Conference and the "Color of Money" presentation by Kit Ardell of the University of Vermont, we have it here for you.

Click here for the Color of Money Presentation


Speakers Bureau


VT Jump$tart continues to work with teachers and groups interested in inviting a guest speaker to make a presentation on a financial topic. However, our Speakers Bureau has lost its volunteer coordinator, so we will try to field requests as best we can. We ask for your patience as try to fill specific requests.

Many thanks to our Contributors and Partners who have graciously supported our efforts to promote youth financial literacy.

Please see our "Supporters" page for more information.

Corporate Sponsors for 2011-2012:
Platinum Level Sponsors
Gold Level Sponsors
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors
The Bank of Bennington
Landmark Financial
Mascoma Savings Bank
Merchants Bank
NBT Bank
Passumpsic Savings Bank
Union Bank
Vermont Agency
Wells River Savings Bank
Partners and Supporters
95TripleX/WVMT 620 Radio
Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Bolton Ski Resort
GHP Advisors
L Brown and Sons Printing
Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center
State Street Engraving
Vermont Bankers Association
Vermont State Treasurer's Office
New Hampshire Jump$tart Coalition
Individual Sponsors for 2011-2012:
Gold Level Sponsors
Gregg Mousley
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors


Working together we can improve the financial literacy of Vermont's youth.If you're involved with or concerned about students learning how to handle money successfully - you've come to the right place.The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization with a number of individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of Vermont's youth.
Vermont Jump$tart Coalition's goals:
  • To support educators in bringing financial literacy to the classrooms
  • To actively recruit members and sponsors

The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Jump$tart Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., was first convened in 1995 and consists of over 200 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America's youth. For more information, visit their Web site.