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Welcome to Wisconsin Jump$tart!

Who are we?

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.

National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy

US Department of Treasury Best Practice!

Held every Summer!

The need for financial education in classrooms is growing exponentially across the country. These programs give you the expertise and confidence you need to teach personal finance.

Three classes are held each summer - Paychecks, Financial Contacts and Entrepreneurship; Investor Education, Economics and Insurance; and Credit and Money.  You receive dozens of teaching materials and resources free and the option to earn three graduate credits for each, at reduced tuition rates.

How you benefit
Learn from top-notch instructors and guest speakers with national and local experience in the financial industry from both the public and private sector

  • Bring back numerous FREE materials and proven curricula
  • Learn classroom-tested teaching strategies that work
  • Network with other educators and, yes, have fun
  • Obtain lesson plans that fit Wisconsin and national standards
  • Become a better manager of your own personal finances

Who Should Attend

  • Teachers of personal finance, family and consumer sciences, social studies, economics, math, business and
  • Others who want to acquire the ability to teach money management and personal finance.
  • Superintendents, directors, administrators, and principals of high schools, middle schools, and grade schools and
  • Others in similar positions also benefit.

Paychecks, Financial Contracts and Entrepreneurship

During this session you become skilled at teaching life's major financial transactions (renting, Home buying, education planning, car buying/leasing, cellular phone contracts); the anatomy of a paycheck and employee benefits (social security and retirement planning, employee benefits, taxes and withholding); and entrepreneurship - creating your own paycheck (starting your own business, practical lessons of creating money, the millionaire mindset).  Part of the week focuses on creating your own paycheck through entrepreneurship - a core element of our free enterprise system.

Investor Education, Economics and Insurance

During this session you explore saving and investing as means to financial security and a wealth building strategy.  You also gain the knowledge and skills necesary to make informed investment decisions for your and your students.  You learn why it is important to get started early.  Several participative activities and "games" make for a lively learning environment.  Learn how the institutions of a market economomy enchance wealth building individually and socially.  In addition, there are sessions on all major forms of insurance. 

Credit and Money

During this session you learn about credit, one of the most widely used but often-abused financial tools in existence.  Through a variety of speakers and activities, the course shows you how to teach your students about credit basics - technical, psychological, behavioral - while you also gain a better undertanding yourself.   You learn from this program how to teach about:  consumption (classifications of credit, costs, fees, terms, etc., how credit scoring is used, how to read and understand a credit report); budgeting in the real world and credit education (experiencing budgeting from a high school student's perspective, money management and the wise use of credit, overview of the available information on credit education); and money, inflation and who protects our money (monetary policy, how the fed controls inflation and free enterprise and regulation). 

For additional information, go to http://www.edgewood.edu/Events/NIFEL.

Members Continue Efforts in Historic Financial Literacy Campaign Money Smart Week Wisconsin!

Money Smart Week is a financial education awareness campaign created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago It first began in the City of Chicago and expanded to the City of Detroit.  In 2006 Wisconsin became the first state in America to carry out the financial literacy campaign aimed at citizens in every city, town and village in each of the state's 72 counties.  This very successful awareness program is now nationwide and the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank has provided guidance, resources, plans, how-to advice, methods and moral support from the outset through planning meetings.  

Held every year in April - Look forward to details for next year by going to www.moneysmartweek.org.  

The Wisconsin Financial Literacy Study 2013 Final Report

This survey of all state school districts was held to determine the leval at which personal finance is being taught to Wisconsin students and is being used as  a benchmark for measuring the integration of personal finance itno the curricula of Wisconsin school districts.

WI Financial Literacy Study WI Financial Literacy Study (K-12)
Executive Summary
Full Survey

The Wisconsin Financial Literacy Report 

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. 

2008:  Wisconsin Jump$tart's Mancl Appointed to President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy

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.

Winner of a 2006 'Governor's Financial Literacy Award'

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. 

Winner of the 2005 'State Coalition of the Year' Award

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.