Wisconsin Jump$tart is a group of individuals who promote financial education and literacy in Wisconsin with a passion!
We focus our time, energy and resources on a number of financial education activities, events and projects. A major area of emphasis is financial education for students.
We are all-volunteer, non-profit and represent Wisconsin businesses, government agencies, financial institutions, education organizations and individuals. We also are a proud affiliate of the National Jump$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 150 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America's youth. For more information, visit their website at www.jumpstart.org.
If you share our enthusiasm and wish to get involved, we would love to hear from you.
NIFEL is the only program in the U.S. to offer an advanced, step-by-step, three-track approach to help educators learn to teach about personal finance from academic and industry professionals.
It's broken into two, five-day sessions and one, three-day session for either getting started or re-energizing your teaching skills and boosting your chances for success in the classroom. Offered at Edgewood College in Madison, WI, this breakthrough training is based on a simple credo--expanding opportunities through financial education. NIFEL also offers faster, lower-fee graduate credits compared to most drawn out, costly university plans. You may never find a better way to take your skills to a new level. Program descriptions will be available later, but in the meantime, please SAVE THESE DATES: June 24 - 28; July 15 - 19; and July 29 - 31.
Watch for more information at: www.edgewood.edu/nifel.
'Completing the three courses, I feel a sense of empowerment. This has given me the confidence to not only teach but to really inspire students to take charge of their personal financial management.' Theresa Gross, Appleton Area School District, Appleton, WI
'This Institute serves as an excellent resource for the most current information from experts for teaching and learning financial literacy for ourselves and others we teach.' Joyce Montgomery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
'Top notch. We were treated as professionals and given great opportunities to learn from the presentations and networking opportunities. The education value for the cost had a great P/E rate!' Alice Boliek, Decatur Area Technical Academy, Decatur, IL
In 2006 Wisconsin became the first state in America to carry out a financial literacy campaign aimed at citizens in every city, town and village in each of the state's 72 counties. It was named Money Smart Week Wisconsin. The heart of the endeavor was a new website: www.moneysmartwi.org. The effort has continued. 2010 featured 27 regional planning committees, 2,800 partners and over 700 events across the state. Over 12,000 attendees participated. The campaign is based on similar promotions conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in the cities of Chicago and Detroit. The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank also provided Wisconsin with guidance, resources, plans, how-to advice, methods and moral support from the outset through planning meetings. Look forward to details for 2011 and 2012 !!
In January, 2011, the Wisconsin Financial Literacy Report was released by the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy with an interim view of Wisconsin's financial literacy legacy and its future. The report offers a summary of Wisconsin's many achievements with recommendations from Council members who issue a bold call for new actions to build upon these success. It offers a vision for the future and specifies critical areas where financial literacy leaders must continue to take new actions.
David Mancl, Chair of Wisconsin Jump$tart, was appointed by President George W. Bush in January 2008 and served on the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. The aim of the Council which is under the auspices of the U.S Department of the Treasury is, according to executive order, to help keep America competitive and to assist the American people in understanding and addressing financial matters.
Wisconsin Jump$tart was honored in 2006 when it won a Governor's Financial Literacy Award. The award was presented on April 3, 2006 in a ceremony at the Executive Residence. The National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy was a major reason for its winning. 2008 National Institute Registration.
Wisconsin Jump$tart was honored to win the first-ever 'State Coalition of the Year' award in 2005. The award was presented on April 6, 2005 in Washington D.C. Check the Press Room for a news release about the award and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle's reaction. Also read state chair David Mancl's acceptance speech in the In the News section.