While Jump$tart was founded as a national coalition, the need to collaborate and communicate on financial literacy issues at the state level quickly became apparent. Some of Jump$tart’s earliest state coalitions were formed from existing organizations or cooperative efforts; others were formed when state and local entities contacted Jump$tart to ask for assistance in getting started.
Today, Jump$tart’s state coalition network consists of 49 affiliated state organizations and most of them operate as “grassroots” volunteer efforts—without permanent staff or facilities. These state coalitions are independent non-profit organizations, each with its own board and bylaws, connected to the national Jump$tart Coalition through an affiliation agreement. Many of them are tax-exempt through national Jump$tart’s group exemption.
Most of Jump$tart’s affiliated state coalitions use the Jump$tart name and brand, but a few do not. A few have extended their reach beyond the student demographic. Each carries out its mission through a unique mix of activities and initiatives.
To learn more about the Jump$tart affiliate in your state, you can access their individual websites or web pages through our State Coalition map.
State Financial Education Requirements
In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of states that have adopted some type of financial education requirement for students. In some states, students are required to take a full-semester course devoted to personal finance education in order to graduate. Other states require students to have personal finance education incorporated into other coursework.
Currently, more than half of the states do not have a statewide financial education requirement; however, that does not indicate a complete lack of financial education. Some of those states have adopted financial education standards; some have requirements to offer students personal finance instruction; some allow personal finance courses to meet other graduation requirements; and some have counties or school districts within the state that require personal finance education.
These requirements vary to some extent. Using the State Financial Education Requirements map, click on a state to learn more about each specific requirement.
State Coalition of the Year Award
The State Coalition of the Year Award recognizes the sound structure and management of the state coalition; its effectiveness and innovation in reaching, supporting, and assisting teachers; its public awareness activities; its support for the national coalition’s initiatives; and the level of participation and collaboration within the coalition itself. See our State Coalition of the Year Award page for past winners.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy