Financial Smarts for Students and Adults

Louisiana Jump$tart is a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial capability of individuals by providing advocacy and access to financial education programs and resources.

We are a 501 (c)(3) organization and invite you to get involved by becoming a partner and supporter.

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Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Program
Call for Applications

The Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Program is now accepting applications for business or non-profit organization (including state and local government entities) that have developed and implemented programs designed to increase financial education and financial well-being of their employees.

Join our 2016 Workplace Financial Literacy honorees in being recognized for making a difference in your employees’ long term financial well-being.

Alfred Miller Contracting, Lake Charles
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge
Central State Hospital, Pineville
Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette
Louisiana Farm Bureau, Baton Rouge
Louisiana State University, Office of Facility Services, Baton Rouge
Starmount Life Insurance Company, Baton Rouge

Visit our Workplace Education page for eligibility criteria and our online application. Deadline for submission is March 17, 2017. Honorees will be announced and recognized in April in support of Financial Literacy Month. Apply today and have your business or organization recognized as a leader in workplace financial education.

NO COST Train-the-Trainer Workshop on
"What You Need to Know About
Your Credit Report and Credit Score"

The workshop content covered what's on and not on your credit report, who has access to your credit report, what determines your credit score and what to do if there is an error on your credit report. Layne McDaniel with Noesis Data, an Equifax agent presented the half-day program February 15th to fifteen participants who will take the information to their audiences in the classroom, workplace, and elsewhere.

College Goal Sunday - February 12th

High School seniors and their families participated in College Goal Sunday to learn more about applying for financial aid. At this event, Louisiana Jump$tart partnered with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance to hand out to the seniors financial education material to help them learn basic money management practices while in school. Thank you to J$ partner volunteers Robbin Hardee, Metairie Bank, Phyllis Phillips, ACHIEVE, Blaine Grimes, Campus Federal, Angela Morrison, Lafayette Schools Credit Union, Jannease Seastrunk, Red River Bank, and Robert Baer, Fidelity Bank.

Louisiana Scholarship Recipient Attends the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Dallas, Texas

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy awarded a full scholarship for attendance at the Jump$tart National Educator Conference held November 5-7 in Dallas, Texas. The Louisiana educator recipient was Demetrious Belser, a business and math teacher at Westgate High School in Iberia Parish. The conference offered classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try educational resources that can be integrated immediately into current lesson plans; to attend informative workshops under two different strands—curriculum/content and personal growth; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country.We celebrate you Demetrious for all you do to advance financial education for students in our state.

Click Here for Resource Websites that Demetrious learned about at conference.

View Her video of what she experienced.

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3 Strong Reasons to be an Official Member of Louisiana Jump$tart

  • Access to valuable education resources
  • Networking with other advocates
  • Continuing education

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Next Partner's Meeting

Date: Wednesday,
March 8th , 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2017 Meeting Schedule
Request a Speaker

Invite a professional into your classroom, workplace or organization at no cost to teach the basics of personal finance.
Find a speaker in your area.

Jump$tart Boot Camp 2016

22 School Systems Represented at Boot Camp

The topics covered at this year's Boot Camp included Launching Dreams, Budgeting Basics, Use of Credit, Workplace Skills and Business Ethics. We had 109 attendees at our event held in Baton Rouge on October 13th. Educators from 22 school systems, representatives from credit unions, banks, state and federal agencies and numerous non-profits gained new information from 14 presenters and 12 exhibitors. Thank you to our 23 sponsors who helped make this Boot Camp possible!

Personal Finance Resources

Jump$tart Clearinghouse

The premier online library of financial education resources, for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone committed to financial smarts for students.

Download files for Money Smart Adult Program

Jump$tart Member meetingAt our December meeting, partners discussed how we can assist school districts with the implementation of personal finance into Louisiana classrooms as mandated by HB 401, passed in the 2016 legislative session.

2016 Board of Directors

Blaine Grimes, President
Campus Federal Credit Union
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Vice-President
LSU AgCenter, Retired
Claire Loup, Secretary
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
N.O. Branch
Jodi Buckner, Treasurer
Society of La. Certified Public Accountants
Robbin Hardee
Metairie Bank
Ronnie Pocorello
EBRP School District
Renee’ Boutee Myer
LSU College of Human Sciences & Education
Ann Marie Erie
Kathy Arnes
Junior Achievement of Greater BR

The IRS offers “Understanding Taxes”, a free, fun, simple to use, interactive, online tool designed by teachers for teachers.
Check out the video on YouTube.


H.R. and Training Directors

What Will a Quality Financial Literacy Program Accomplish for Employees?

A quality financial literacy program should help your employees practice good financial behaviors. Over time these behaviors will result in positive changes in their financial lives.
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VISA Financial Football



According to the 2015 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling:

  • 59% of American adults said they deserve an "A" or "B" when it comes to their own personal financial knowledge.
  • 76% agree however, that they would benefit from advice and answers to everyday financial questions from a professional and 70% are currently worried about their personal finances.
  • 60% continue to spend without a budget. That is nearly the same as last year, which was the highest percentage in six years.
Where do you go to get a “Really Free” Credit Report?

You can get a free report from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies every 12 months. The official Website,, is the ONLY authorized online source for you to get a free credit report under federal law. Some other sites claim to offer “free” credit reports, but may charge you for another product if you accept a “free” report.
Click here to get your really free credit report.


Making the Case for Financial Literacy - 2016

Each year the National Jump$tart office gathers statistical data from surveys its partners and other parties have conducted during the previous year and compiles the data into a document titled "Making the Case for Financial Literacy". There is a wealth of information in this document relating to students and adults and it can be used to make or support your case for financial literacy.

Download the PDF

News You Can Use

Let’s Talk Credit: 8 Must-Have Couple Conversations

Attitudes about using credit cards vary dramatically, and learning a partner’s outlook can avert all-too-common money disputes. Here are the eight top credit issues every couple should tackle.

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The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act allows access to

your credit report to those with a “permissible purpose”,

such as someone who intends to use the information in

connection with a credit transaction involving the extension

of credit or the review or collection of an account; for

employment purposes; in connection with the underwriting

of insurance; to determine eligibility for a license; or for

legitimate business needs. Your consent is not required.