Financial Literacy - The ability of individuals to make appropriate decisions in managing their personal finances.
The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition believes that all Kentuckians need to have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions and seeks to improve money management skills throughout the lifecycle of Kentuckians. The purpose of the coalition mirrors that of the national coalition as applied to Kentuckians of all ages. If you're involved with or concerned about students learning how to handle money successfully - you've come to the right place.
The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with more than 30 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of all Kentuckians.
Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition's goals:
The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Jump$tart Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., was first convened in 1995 and consists of over 200 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America's youth. For more information, visit their website at www.jumpstart.org.
We are very pleased to announce that the Kentucky Jump$tart received a national Award of Merit from the Association for Career and Technical Education We were nominated by the Kentucky Association and our partners at the Kentucky Dept. of Education. Susan Sandage received the award on behalf of KY Jump$tart, at the Awards Dinner of the annual ACTE Conference in Atlanta on November 26.
The Award of Merit recognizes individuals or organizations outside the field of career and technical education for the highest meritorious contributions to the improvement, promotion, development, and progress of career and technical education. Businesses and organizations considered for the Award of Merit must have demonstrated a concern for career and technical education through sponsored programs, publications, financial support and other activities.
Leslie Slaughter and Susan Sandage with the Award of Merit
The 2012 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award from the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition honors Kentucky teachers in grades K-12 who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to teaching financial literacy topics and motivating students to learn about personal finance.
Congratulations to the 2012 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award recipients!
Ann Gowen-Castner, a teacher at Richardsville Elementary School, won in the category of "Teaching Approaches", which is exemplified in her development of classroom economics. Ms. Gowen-Castner's award is presented on behalf of Class Act Credit Union in Louisville and The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions.
Rosemary Jones, a teacher at Bell County High School, won in the category of "Motivating Students", which is exemplified in her incoproation of special projects with real world situations and current events. Ms. Jones' award is being presented on behalf of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions.
Amy McDowell, a teacher at Murray High School, won for the outstanding job she does teaching students through work-based learning about financial literacy. In addition to her classroom lessons on financial topics, she coordinates a student-run school bank that shows all students – K-12 – the importance of saving money and how interest is earned. Ms. McDowell’s award is presented on behalf of the Department of Financial Institutions and United Way of the Bluegrass.
Nominations for the 2013 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year will be accepted through May 1, 2013.
Kentucky students in grades 6, 7 and 8 participated in the Kentucky Saves Week poster contest sponsored by the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. One lucky winner from each grade level received a $50 check! A selection of student artwork was displayed in the state capitol during Kentucky Saves Week, Feb. 25-March 2, 2013. The posters illustrated the theme: “Plant Your Future!” To view the winning posters, click the student's name below.
For more information about the contest and for links to classroom resources for teachers to use, visit http://www.jumpstart.org/ksw.html.
Winners: 6th Grade: Brianna Sanchez, South Oldham Middle School
7th Grade: Joseph McNabb, Drakes Creek Middle School
8th Grade: Jordan Litavec, Drakes Creek Middle School
Kentucky Jump$tart is once again celebrating Financial Literacy Month in April!
2013 marks the ninth year the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy® plans to petition the governor to have April dedicated to financial literacy. Details about prior year's free public events and activities promoting financial literacy can be found at Activities. The press releases can be found at Press Releases. The proclamations can be viewed at Downloads.