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Financial Literacy Month - April 2014

Please join the Jump$tart Coalition, its national partners, state affiliates, and organizations across the country as we "Stand Up for Financial Literacy" this April.  

National Financial Literacy Month EventsNational Financila Literacy Month

  • Financial Literacy Summit 2014, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, online and at the Chicago Fed. (This link will leave the Jump$tart website.)
  • Jump$tart Annual Awards Dinner, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.; Dinner and Awards, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jump$tart National Partners Meeting, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.  
  • Financial Services Roundtable Panel, Thursday, April 10, 2013, Rayburn House Office Building, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (This link will leave the Jump$tart website.)
  • Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 10, 2014, Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Teach Children to Save Day, Friday, April 11, 2014.  (This link will leave the Jump$tart website.)
  • Money Smart Week, April 5 - 12, 2014.  (This link will leave the Jump$tart website.)
  • National Retirement Planning Week, April 7-11, 2014.  (This link will leave the Jump$tart website.)

Please contact Jump$tart to add your national event to this Financial Literacy Month calendar.

Financial Literacy Month - Communications Toolkit

If your organization has Financial Literacy Month communication tools of its own, great!  If not, please feel free to utilize the tools provided here.  

  • Financial Literacy Month 2014 Press Release: Stand Up for Financial Literacy.  Adapt the release for your own organization's use.  Press release includes statistics showing that three of five families with kids under the age of 18 have talked about money in the last week.  (Please do not change the release other than in areas intended for customization.)
  • Suggested "Tweets and Posts."  Promote financial literacy month with the hashtag #FLM2014.  Promote Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill with the hashtag #FLHillDay2014.
  • Improving Financial Literacy: What Can Parents Do?  An "evergreen" article that you can use to offer suggestions to families on improving financial literacy at home.
  • Stand Up for Financial Literacy Graphic.  Click here; then right click on the image and save it to your own computer.

Financial Literacy Month: A Short History

National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in the United States in April in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Financial Literacy Month evolved from Youth Financial Literacy Day, introduced by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) more than a decade ago as an activity of its High School Financial Planning Program. NEFE turned Financial Literacy Day over to the Jump$tart Coalition to promote among its network of national partners and state coalitions. Jump$tart expanded the day and in 2000, began promoting April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. In 2003, the United States Senate designated April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. In March 2004, the Senate passed Resolution 316 that officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month, and both Houses of Congress have passed similar resolutions each year since then.

In 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation reasserting the importance of personal financial literacy for all Americans. Financial Literacy Month is an opportunity for financial corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies to promote educational initiatives and resources. In 2012, President Obama first proclaimed April National Financial Capability Month.  The Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement, and the Council for Economic Education founded “Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill” in 2003, which has since been held every April. Financial Literacy Day offers the Members of Congress, their staffers, and the general public an opportunity to learn about the financial literacy effort and experience educational products from more than 60 sponsors and exhibitors—most of which are Jump$tart partners.
FL Month Graphic (png file format)FL Month Graphic B/W File
To download either of the images above, right click on the graphic and save to your computer. The image on the left is a png file format, and, on the right, a black and white jpg file.