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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April is Financial Capability Month

Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Program

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition has developed a program to recognize companies that provide financial education as an added benefit to their employees. The Workplace Financial Education recognition program is relevant and achievable for the workplace regardless of company size, industry, business model, resources and employee demographics.

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.

Eligibility criteria and the online application can be found at Deadline for submission is March 25th, 2016. 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.

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Teaching Credit and Debt
NO COST Train-the-Trainer Workshop Held

The Confessions of a Shopaholic workshop was developed by Claire Loup, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch, and utilizes clips from the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. The workshop content teaches young people about credit cards, debt, credit reports, credit scores, opportunity costs, financial responsibility and more. Claire presented the full-day program February 24th, 2016 to twenty-eight participants who will present the information to their audiences in the classroom and elsewhere.

High School seniors and their families participated in College Goal Sunday to learn more about applying for financial aid. At this event, Louisiana Jump$tart partnered with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance to deliver to the seniors financial education material to help them learn basic money management practices while in school. Louisiana Jump$tart was represented at these locations:

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Angela Morrison and Katie Templet
  • Xavier University in New Orleans - Maria Vibandor and Rosalyn Stewart
  • Southeastern La. University in Hammond – Phyllis Phillips
  • Baton Rouge Community College - Jessica Oliver and Debbie Lapeyrouse
  • Southern University - Blaine Grimes
Thanks to our sponsors

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,
June 8th, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2016 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.

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 meetingPartners attending our March meeting heard from Laura Smith, President of the Louisiana Council for Economic Education (LCEE) on the newly announced Micro-Enterprise Credential, a component of the Department of Education's Jump Start program.

2016 Board of Directors

Blaine Grimes, President
Campus Federal Credit Union
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Vice-President
LSU AgCenter, Retired
Ann Marie Erie, Secretary Jodi Buckner, Treasurer
Society of La. Certified Public Accountants
Mark Marionneaux
Bank of Zachary
Ronnie Pocorello
EBRP School District
Emily Hester
LSU Cale P. Smith Student
Financial Management Center
Claire Loup
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
N.O. Branch
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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Who wants some football?

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 - 2015

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.