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Illinois Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy - July 2014

Illinois Jump$tart Awards Student Scholarhips

Illinois Jump$tart Coalition awards student scholarships to Illinois Central College
freshman, Jacob Hon, and University of Illinois junior, Amanda Beacham at the
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, July 2013.

Established in 2004, the Illinois Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a catalyst for enhancing the financial capability of young people through advocacy, collaboration and communication among key stakeholders.

To achieve this mission, the following goals were adopted:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of financial capability.
  • Energize new literacy advocates and encourage direct local action to improve financial education.
  • Support individuals, organizations and initiatives that advance youth financial education.
  • Be a trusted resource for financial education information in Illinois.

Illinois Jump$tart advances the cause of youth financial literacy in 3 ways:

  • Spreads the word through e-newsletters, our new website, and quarterly education and networking events featuring great guest speakers;
  • Recognizes achievement and supports continuing education through teacher and student scholarships, and financial education library grants;
  • Empowers agents of change through the new Action Network for Financial Empowerment; an innovative program designed to provide educators and youth services professionals with the tools they need to improve outcomes.

Input and engagement from individuals and organizations interested in financial education is always welcomed. There are several ways to get involved with Illinois Jump$tart. Follow the links below for more information.

Action Network for Financial Empowerment
Underlying Premises

  • Most advocates agree that all students should receive effective, age-appropriate personal finance and economics instruction throughout their educational experience.
  • Until universal financial education is a reality, progress must continue at the local level.
  • There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution.
  • Many people in influential positions have only a general awareness of the problem.

A Different Approach
Launching in July 2014, Illinois Jump$tart’s new Action Network will bring professionals, working with youth programs and policy around Illinois, together with the most innovative concepts and informed voices in financial education for an interactive summit at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank.

The goal is to establish a new network of like minded advocates, working in different ways and different places, to accomplish a common objective: giving more young people the tools they’ll need to build secure, comfortable and productive lives.

  • Step 1: Convene a group of caring, committed individuals who could make a difference for the youth whose lives they touch everyday - if they had the necessary knowledge, resources, and support.
  • Step 2: Expose them to a spectrum of actionable and proven best practices.
  • Step 3: Facilitate ongoing communication to help them execute selected strategies.

Click here for complete details.

Illinois Jump$tart Coalition
332 S Michigan Ave Ste 1032 # I231
Chicago, IL 60604-4366
Website: iljumpstart.org
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Phone: 800-237-4958
Fax: 800-237-9430