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3/12/2014-Maine Jump$tart Coalition Named National Coalition Of The Year

 (Augusta) - The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy was recently recognized by the National Jump$tart Coalition as the 2014 State Coalition of the Year. The State Coalition of the Year Award was created to recognize the sound structure and management of the state coalition, its effectiveness and innovation in reaching, supporting, and assisting teachers, its public awareness activities, its effectiveness in carrying out Jump$tart’s State Coalition Common Strategy, and the level of participation and collaboration within the coalition itself.  

Maine is the first state in Northeast to receive this important award.  Mary Dyer, Maine Jump$tart President, will travel to Washington D.C., in April to attend the annual awards dinner and accept this recognition on behalf of Maine.

“This Award represents a team effort by volunteers throughout the State.  The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization focused on improving the financial knowledge of Maine citizens, with a special focus on pre-K through college students, including adult learners.  Working collaboratively, the Coalition seeks to increase awareness and provide training and support to Maine educators while also promoting educational resources and fostering communication among agencies and individuals who provide financial education to Maine families.  Our members are individuals and organizations who recognize and support the lifetime benefits of personal financial education, including government agencies, financial institutions, corporations, teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, adult educators, not-for-profits, and parents and students.  This is a significant honor and recognition of the efforts of so many involved in financial literacy in Maine,” Dyer explained.

About Jump$tart

Jump$tart is an all-volunteer organization focused on improving the financial knowledge of Maine citizens, with a special focus on pre-K through college students, including adult learners. Working collaboratively, the Coalition seeks to increase awareness and provide training and support to Maine educators while also promoting educational resources and fostering communication among agencies and individuals who provide financial education to Maine families. For more information, visit http://www.jumpstart.org/states-maine.html

 

10/29/2013-Clarification of Act to Promote Financial Literacy  

This dispach from the Maine DOE clarifies the requirements of LD 843(Public Law Chapter 244).

3/1/2013-Waynflete School Wins First-Ever Maine LifeSmarts State Championship

 (Portland) – On Friday, March 1, at the Unum Corporate Campus in Portland, four Maine high schools came together to compete in LifeSmarts...The Ultimate Consumer Challenge.  Hosted by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition, this competition-based educational program develops the consumer and marketplace skills of teens.  Sanford High School in Sanford, Waynflete School in Portland, Woodland High School in Woodland, and United Technology Center in Bangor all competed in the state competition. (more...)

 

4/9/2012 Governor Paul LePage Issues Proclamation Recognizing April 2012 as Fostering Financial Education Month

(August, ME) The Governor's proclamation notes the conference and how it has enabled more than 250 Maine teachers and community educators during the past two years to offer financial literacy instruction and materials to students in every part of the state.

 

3/9/2012 Fostering Financial Literacy in Maine Schools Conference

(Augusta, ME) - Registration for the 3rd Annual Fostering Financial Literacy In Maine Schools Conference is underway.  This year’s Conference, presented and coordinated by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and the State of Maine Office of Securities, will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.  Developed for educators, administrators and counselors, registration for the Conference is only $25 per person.

 

3/2/2012 Maine Jump$tart Coalition Encouraging Educators & Students To Take The Financial Capability Challenge

(Portland, ME) - The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is pleased to encouraging Maine educators who work with high school aged students (ages 13-19) to register and have their students participate in the National Financial Capability Challenge.  The Challenge is open from March 12 – April 13, 2012.  Nationwide, over 84,000 students took the Financial Capability Challenge in 2011.  

 

1/20/12 Congratulations to Waynflete School As First Maine School To Win Federal Reserve Cup Challenge

(Portland, ME) – The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy recognized the achievement of a team of high school students from independent Waynflete School of Portland on becoming the first team from Maine to win the prestigious Reserve Cup Challenge held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. 

 

1/7/09 Maine JumpStart Coalition Working With Colleges To Ban Credit Card Solicitation On Maine College Campuses

(Portland) - The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy announced recently that they are sending letters to Maine college presidents requesting that they voluntarily support a ban on credit card solicitation on campus.

 

4/9/09 Maine Jump$tart Coalition Financial Education Survey Results

The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a nonprofit organization and state affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition in Washington, DC released the results of a survey sent to 220 School Administration Unit principals in Maine. The press release and results of the survey are attached.