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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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Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Program

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition has developed a program to recognize companies that provide financial education as an added benefit to their employees. The Workplace Financial Education recognition program is relevant and achievable for the workplace regardless of company size, industry, business model, resources and employee demographics.

The Workplace Financial Education Honor Roll Program is now accepting applications for business or non-profit organization (including state and local government entities) that have developed and implemented programs designed to increase financial education and financial well-being of their employees.

Eligibility criteria and the online application can be found at www.louisianajumpstart.org. Deadline for submission is March 18, 2016. Honorees will be announced and recognized in April in support of Financial Literacy Month. Apply today and have your business or organization recognized as a leader in workplace financial education.

Money Smart Train-the-Trainer Workshop Held

Money Smart for Young People is a turnkey financial education program developed by the FDIC and CFPB. Phyllis Phillips with ACHIEVE, and Kimberly Chapman with Neighbors Federal Credit Union presented the 4-part curriculum October 7th to fifty-three participants who will present the information to their audiences in the classroom and elsewhere.

Power points used during workshop:

Financial Education Boot Camp Held at Xavier University

Project based learning, technology based learning and complete curriculums were the topics covered this year at our Boot Camp held at Xavier University in New Orleans on September 25th . Educators from ten school systems, representatives from credit unions, banks, state and federal agencies and numerous non-profits gained new information from seven presenters and ten exhibitors.

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,
March 9th, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2016 Meeting Schedule
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.

Louisiana Scholarship Recipients Attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in National Harbor, Maryland

Jump$tart national Conference attendees

The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy awarded two full scholarships for attendance at the Jump$tart National Educator Conference held November 6-8 in National Harbor, Maryland.

The two Louisiana educator recipients were Marcia Lee, an accounting teacher, internship coordinator and DECA adviser at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, and Shelagh Quigley, a financial math and pre-calculus teacher at Starks High School and Vinton High School in Calcasieu Parish.

The conference offered classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try educational resources that can be integrated immediately into current lesson plans; to attend informative workshops under two different strands—curriculum/content and personal growth; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country.

We celebrate you Marcia and Shelagh for all you do to advance financial education for students in our state.

Jump$tart Member meetingPartners attending our December meeting heard from Gus Wales with the La. Office of Student Financial Assistance on the College Goal Sunday events coming up on February 28th and March 6th. Kelly Maples with the Bank on Baton Rouge initiative discussed how the bank and credit union participants are reaching out to the unbanked community providing them with cost effective financial services.

Our 2015-16 Board of Directors

Blaine Grimes, President
Campus Federal Credit Union
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Vice-President
LSU AgCenter, Retired
Ann Marie Erie, Secretary Jodi Buckner, Treasurer
Society of La. Certified Public Accountants
Mark Marionneaux
Bank of Zachary
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
Kathy Arnes
Junior Achievement of Greater BR

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Personal Finance Resources

Jump$tart Clearinghouse

The premier online library of financial education resources, for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone committed to financial smarts for students.

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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VISA Financial Football



According to the 2015 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling:

  • 59% of American adults said they deserve an "A" or "B" when it comes to their own personal financial knowledge.
  • 76% agree however, that they would benefit from advice and answers to everyday financial questions from a professional and 70% are currently worried about their personal finances.
  • 60% continue to spend without a budget. That is nearly the same as last year, which was the highest percentage in six years.
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Making the Case for Financial Literacy - 2015

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.

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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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