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Financial Smarts for Students and Adults

Louisiana Jump$tart is a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial capability of individuals by providing advocacy and access to financial education programs and resources.

We are a 501 (c)(3) organization and invite you to get involved by becoming a partner and supporter.

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April is Financial Literacy Month

Americans’ ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires the navigation of an increasingly complex financial system. The goal of National Financial Literacy Month is to bring greater visibility to the overwhelming financial literacy problems faced by our residents today and to continue to address those problems with workable solutions. Louisiana Jump$tart observe this month with events, activities and classes conducted by our partners to help youth and adults improve their understanding of financial principles and practices.

3 Strong Reasons to be an Official Member of Louisiana Jump$tart

  • Access to valuable education resources
  • Networking with other advocates
  • Continuing education

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Next Partner's Meeting

Date: Wednesday,
June 10, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2015 Meeting Schedule

Lemonade Day 2015

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Lemonade Day Louisiana is empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

Want to be a part? www.louisiana.lemonadeday.org

Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll

Employers, Jump$tart wants to recognize you.

Applications are now being accepted from business or non-profit organizations (including state and local government entities) that have developed and implemented programs designed to increase financial literacy and financial well-being of their employees.

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FREE Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are available across Louisiana. Click here for locations chart or call 211

Economically Vibrant Communities depend on Financially Capable Families
Partners attending our December meeting discussed the state of financial  literacy in Louisiana among students and adults.Partners attending our March meeting discussed financial education activities planned for April which is National Financial Literacy Month.

Our 2014-15 Board of Directors

Blaine Grimes, President
Campus Federal Credit Union
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Vice-President
LSU AgCenter, Retired
Kathy Arnes, Secretary
Junior Achievement of Greater BR
Jodi Buckner, Treasurer
Lyons Specialty Co., LLC
Ginger Laurent
Lousiana Bankers Association
Ronnie Pocorello
EBRP School District
Emily Hester
LSU Cale P. Smith Student
Financial Management Center
Claire Loup
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
N.O. Branch
Ann Marie Erie
Neighbors Federal Credit Union

Sharing Resources with Teachers

As an exhibitor at the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies Conference held in Kenner in October, Louisiana Jump$tart was able to provide copies of FDIC’s Young Adults Money Smart program and Visa’s Financial Football program to over 250 educators in attendance.  The teachers were thrilled to receive turnkey resources and asked for additional copies to take back to other teachers at their school.

Download files for Money Smart Adult Program

Speaker's Bureau

Invite a professional into your classroom, workplace or organization at no cost to teach the basics of personal finance.
Find a speaker in your area.

Financial Boot Camp

The IRS offers “Understanding Taxes”, a free, fun, simple to use, interactive, online tool designed by teachers for teachers.
Check out the video on YouTube.


H.R. and Training Directors

What Will a Quality Financial Literacy Program Accomplish for Employees?

A quality financial literacy program should help your employees practice good financial behaviors. Over time these behaviors will result in positive changes in their financial lives.
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Who wants some football?

VISA Financial Football



LA Budget Project

The State of Working Louisiana

Stagnant wages and rising unemployment create challenges for the state

While corporate profits and worker productivity have grown considerably in Louisiana over the past three decades, typical Louisiana workers did not see much improvement in their paycheck, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project. The report, "State of Working Louisiana 2013," found the typical worker's pay increased by only 1 percent since 1979, but worker productivity has increased by 35 percent over that span. Louisiana workers are still facing wage gaps — men still make more than women and whites still make more money than blacks. The largest pay gap is between people with different levels of educational attainment, with those who have at least a bachelor's degree earning $8.26 an hour ($17,000 per year) more than those without one.

» View the full report.

Where do you go to get a “Really Free” Credit Report?

You can get a free report from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies every 12 months. The official Website, www.annualcreditreport.com, is the ONLY authorized online source for you to get a free credit report under federal law. Some other sites claim to offer “free” credit reports, but may charge you for another product if you accept a “free” report.
Click here to get your really free credit report.


Making the Case for Financial Literacy - 2014

Each year the National Jump$tart office gathers statistical data from surveys its partners and other parties have conducted during the previous year and compiles the data into a document titled "Making the Case for Financial Literacy". There is a wealth of information in this document relating to students and adults and it can be used to make or support your case for financial literacy.

Download the PDF

News You Can Use

Let’s Talk Credit: 8 Must-Have Couple Conversations

Attitudes about using credit cards vary dramatically, and learning a partner’s outlook can avert all-too-common money disputes. Here are the eight top credit issues every couple should tackle.

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such as someone who intends to use the information in

connection with a credit transaction involving the extension

of credit or the review or collection of an account; for

employment purposes; in connection with the underwriting

of insurance; to determine eligibility for a license; or for

legitimate business needs. Your consent is not required.