‘Hill Day’ Illustrates Importance of Financial Literacy
Jump$tart Coalition’s Annual Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill features Honorary Co-Hosts, U.S. Reps. Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty
More than 50 organizations – from the business, finance, nonprofit, association, government and academic sectors – will gather on Capitol Hill from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 28, to illustrate the importance of financial literacy.
Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill (known as ‘Hill Day’) will take place in Rayburn House Office Building rooms 2043-2045at the culmination of Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2017), and is open to the public. A free buffet lunch begins at noon.
“As the original promoter of April as Financial Literacy Month, Jump$tart Coalition and its partners lead the way in unlocking a path to a financially literate future,” said Laura Levine, Jump$tart Coalition president and CEO. “Hill Day is one opportunity during the month for the community to demonstrate the strength we have as a group in making a difference in the financial literacy for all Americans, especially our nation’s youth.”
Hill Day provides an opportunity to highlight the breadth of work being done by diverse participants to help unlock a financially literate future. Coalition partners will showcase their financial literacy programs, curricula, resources and information.
In addition, the event includes a short program with remarks from Members of Congress and other leaders. U.S. Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), co-chairs of the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, are this year’s honorary co-hosts and have been invited to speak – along with others from Capitol Hill.
Hill Day is sponsored by: Financial Services Institute, GM Financial, H&R Block, Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, the National Credit Union Foundation and Visa. The Council for Economic Education is a legacy supporter.
Hill Day Background
Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill was introduced in 2003 by the Council for Economic Education, Junior Achievement and the Jump$tart Coalition, with the office of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka serving as the original honorary co-host. Over the years, Hill Day has evolved from a small gathering to a public event that attracts hundreds of participants.
The principal objective is to raise awareness among the Capitol Hill community and others interested in the financial literacy effort, about the importance of financial literacy, the need for financial education, and the array of resources and initiatives currently dedicated to addressing the issue.
Many of the 300-500 attendees are Congressional staff members who follow financial literacy, financial access, education and related issues for U.S. Senators and Representatives. Others represent organizations and agencies that actively support financial literacy/capability.
The Jump$tart Coalition is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of students in pre-kindergarten through college. Jump$tart’s nearly 150 national partners and 51 affiliated state coalitions work individually and collectively to educate and prepare our nation’s youth for life-long financial success. Jump$tart is the original promoter of April as Financial Literacy Month and publisher of the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education. For more information about the Jump$tart Coalition, go to jumpstart.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.