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CT Jump$tart Coalition - December 2015


The Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition is a nonprofit organization with individuals and organizations representing business, government and education that have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of Connecticut’s youth.

The coalition works to:

  • Build awareness of the need for financial education for young people;
  • Research barriers to financial preparedness, or capacity or independence;
  • Provide an inventory of financial education programs and curricula available in the state; and  
  • Ensure that financial literacy is an important part of discussions of public policy on both a state and local level.
In addition, the Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

The Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy works to help connect and network the financial education needs in Connecticut with solid financial resources that are educational and not promotional in nature. Organizations involved with the coalition serve a wide variety of audiences and financial education needs throughout Connecticut.

Six to eight times a year, the coalition has meetings on various financial topics to keep financial service providers, volunteers, counselors and others up to date with the most recent financial education resources and changes in order to help them better serve their clients.
In 2015, the Connecticut Jump$tart hosted a Financial Literacy Summit. Nearly 150 educators, parents, business people and policymakers gathered at Rentschler Field in East Hartford to begin collaborating on new ways to improve the financial education of our state’s young people.
In addition, the Connecticut Jump$tart surveyed all public high schools in the state to see who was or wasn’t teaching personal finance (taking a personal finance course in Connecticut is not a high school mandate) and released the survey results.
The coalition also launched an endeavor with the Connecticut Science Center, which introduced a personal finance class for teens.
And, to support the need for personal finance to be a requirement for high school graduation, the Connecticut Jump$tart President testified before the state legislature on Senate Bill 319, an act concerning financial literacy education.

  • Volunteers to present to individuals of all ages various financial life skills, and to help with events and meetings.

  • As a 501(c)3 with an all-volunteer board and staff, we need sponsors for our events – particularly our upcoming 2016 Financial Literacy conference. Turn on JavaScript!.

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Christopher Lee, President
Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition
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