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Financial Literacy - The ability of individuals
to make informed decisions in managing their personal finances.

The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition believes all Kentuckians need to have the financial literacy and money management skills necessary to make informed financial decisions.

Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition's goals:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of personal financial literacy.
  • Enhance professional development of Kentucky educators on financial literacy issues.
  • Coordinate and promote communication and cooperation among coalition members.

The purpose of the Kentucky 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 25 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of all Kentuckians. Working collaboratively, more resources and expertise are available to accomplish this task.

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.

Nominate a teacher for the 2016 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year Award

The Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award from the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition honors a current Kentucky teacher in grades K-12 who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to teaching financial literacy topics and motivating students to learn about personal finance. The $250 grand prize can be used for financial literacy classroom materials or to attend the national Jump$tart teacher conference. Self-nominations are accepted. This is a great opportunity to recognize the teachers and schools who are working to make students money smart.

$250 grand prize

Deadline: March 30, 2016

Nomination Form

For more information about pasts teachers of the year, visit http://www.jumpstart.org/toy.html.

Celebrate Financial Literacy Month This April With a Special Event at the Federal Reserve

"Demographics of Wealth" Special Financial Literacy Month Presentation by Dr. Emmons of the Federal Reserve Bank

Deadline: Register by April 14, 2016
Registration Link: https://www.stlouisfed.org/events/2016/01/ee-conversations

Come hear from senior economic adviser at the Center for Household Financial Stability, assistant vice president, and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis William R. Emmons on April 28 at 5 p.m. ET in Louisville. Dr. Emmons will be speaking on “The Demographics of Wealth” which is a series of essays written by the staff of the St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability in 2015. The essays are based on the staff’s analysis of nearly a quarter-century’s worth of data collected by the Federal Reserve through its Survey of Consumer Finances. The results of the survey provide the most comprehensive picture of American families’ balance sheets and financial behavior over time.

As the title of the series implies, there appear to be connections between wealth and a person’s race (or ethnicity), level of education and age. These three factors are increasingly determining whether someone is among the thrivers, the one-quarter of the population that is accumulating wealth, or among the strugglers, the other three-quarters of the population that is not.

This event is FREE, but registration is required by April 14, 2016 at https://www.stlouisfed.org/events/2016/01/ee-conversations. When you register, please select the event “April 28, 2016 - William R. Emmons” at the top. The location you are attending will be known by the address you input.

Contact: Erin Yetter
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2016 marks the 12th year the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy® requested for the governor to declare April Financial Literacy Month. Details about this year's free public events and activities promoting financial literacy can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KYJumpstart. The press releases can be found at Press Releases. The proclamations can be viewed at Downloads.

Teachers! Get resources for teaching about personal finance from the national Jump$tart educator conference at: https://www.facebook.com/NationalEducatorConference

Kentucky Saves Week

Kentucky students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 are eligible to participate 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 receives $50! A selection of student artwork will be displayed in the state capitol during Kentucky Saves Week, end of February. Classes and groups are welcome to participate, and individual students may submit entries as well.

Contest deadline: January 2017 - TBA
Who may enter: Any Kentucky student in grades 5-8
2017 theme: TBA

2017 Rules and Entry Form Coming Soon!

Teacher Rubric

Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy sponsors this poster contest as part of our Kentucky Saves Week activities. Kentucky Saves is part of the nationwide America Saves effort focused on making household savings a priority. The Kentucky Saves effort promotes positive savings habits to help Kentuckians work toward financial stability.

For information on Kentucky Saves Week, visit www.kentuckysaves.org.

For more information about pasts years' entries, visit http://www.jumpstart.org/ksw.html.

Ky. Jump$tart Receives National Award of Merit by ACTE

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, 2012.
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