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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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Money Smart for Older Adults

Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation train-the-trainer workshop held April 16th

Twenty-one people from credit unions, banks, government agencies and non-profits attended our workshop. With over 50 million Americans aged 62 and older, older adults are prime targets for financial exploitation both by persons they know and trust and by strangers. Financial exploitation has been called "the crime of the 21st century."

Lt. Governor Commemorates Financial Literacy Month

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne joins partners of the La. Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in commemorating the Governor’s Proclamation naming April as Financial Literacy Month. Shown are, from left, Ronnie Pocorello, EBRP Schools, Ann Marie Erie, Neighbors FCU, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Eileen Stradley, Red River Bank, Jodi Buckner, Lyons Speciality Co., LLC, Lorrie Faucheaux, La Capitol FCU, Dr. Fran Lawrence, LSU, and Blaine Grimes, Campus Federal and La. Jump$tart’s Board President.

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 observes 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

Workplace Financial Literacy Honorees are Recognized by Mayor Holden

EBRP Mayor Kip Holden recognizes our 2015 Workplace Financial Literacy Honorees. Shown from left, EBRP Mayor Kip Holden, Blaine Grimes, La. Jump$tart’s Board President, Tammy Millican and Tony Lombardo, LSU’s Office of Facility Services and Sarah Munson, Starmount Life Insurance Co.

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

The 2015 Workplace Financial Literacy honorees are:

  • Louisiana State University, Office of Facility Services, Baton Rouge
  • Starmount Life Insurance Company, Baton Rouge

Congratulations to these honorees for making a difference in their employees’ long term financial well-being.

Family Financial Literacy Night a Big Success

Louisiana Jump$tart participated in Family Financial Literacy Night on April 30th hosted by the Louisiana Council for Economic Education, Southeastern Louisiana University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, N.O. Branch. There was a great response with 200-300 adults and children in attendance and 29 tables for them to visit offering personal finance material. The children enjoyed crafts and a puppet show.

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 2015-16 Board of Directors

Blaine Grimes, President
Campus Federal Credit Union
Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Vice-President
LSU AgCenter, Retired
Ann Marie Erie, Secretary
Neighbors Federal Credit Union
Jodi Buckner, Treasurer
Lyons Specialty Co., LLC
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

Financial $marts Program Held at Lee Magnet HS

Juniors and Seniors at Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge competed against each other recently in our Financial $marts program. Game show formats, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Money Jeopardy, and Ask the Audience, focused on budgeting, goal setting, paycheck or savings strategies, credit and credit score, college preparation, and financial aid.

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.

 

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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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Statistics

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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