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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. The Wisconsin Jump$tart Coalition is an independent affiliate of the national Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The national Jump$tart Coalition is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1995, the coalition includes more than 100 national partners and a network of 51 state affiliates that share a commitment to #afinlitfuture and to working collaboratively toward common goals.

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).