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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 Capability Month

The Case for Financial Education at the Workplace

Next Partner's Meeting

Date: Wednesday,
June 11th, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Place: Louisiana Bankers Association Boardroom
5555 Bankers Avenue *
Baton Rouge
Click here for 2014 Meeting Schedule
 
Dollars and Sense
view curriculum (in Word format) download the flyer in PDF format
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What is the Problem?


Policy Recommendations for Advancing K-12 Financial Education

Director Richard Cordray announced the release of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s policy recommendations for supporting youth financial education in a white paper, entitled "Transforming the Financial Lives of a Generation of Young Americans." This white paper identifies two main problems: First, many young people are ill-equipped to make major financial decisions, and second, young people confront a financial services marketplace that involves increasingly complex financial decisions.

The white paper provides an overview of the financial decision-making context that Americans navigate, surveys some existing efforts in the K-12 financial education field, and addresses each of these elements with a comprehensive youth financial education strategy.

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Paying for College


From choosing a loan and comparing costs to managing your money and repaying your debt, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) can help you make informed financial decisions about paying for college.

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Our 2013 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 Student Financial
Management Center
Claire Loup
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
N.O. Branch
Ann Marie Erie
Neighbors Federal Credit Union
 Partners attending our December meeting learned more about the impact of payday lending on Louisiana's families.Partners attending our March meeting learned about financial education events Jump$tart has planned and shared information on their plans for activities and events to be held during April, National Financial Literacy Month.

Lemonade Day 2014 - Saturday May 3

Saturday - May 3rd, 2014

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

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

Teachers can download free Teacher's Guide

Need Lemonade Day items? Check out the Lemonade Day Store

Junior Auxiliary

Empower the Future!

That's the theme for the 2013-14 school year! It's JA's mission to help young people take charge of their future and by introducing them to the JA programs – you are making an impact! Classroom Volunteers are needed. Email Paula at Turn on JavaScript!.

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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.

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

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

Join the Coalition!
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Personal Finance Resources

Jump$tart Clearinghouse

The Jump$tart Clearinghouse provides an easy-to-use, free online database of personal finance resources designed for teaching and learning. Targeted users include educators, students and parents from pre-kindergarten through college. Many of the materials are also suitable for adults.

 
 

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.

 

Attention:
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

 

Statistics

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.

 

My Classroom Economy

My Classroom Economy enables any educator to teach children financial responsibility through fun, experiential learning. It's a simple classroom economic system based on the idea that students need to earn school "dollars" so that they can rent their own desks.

www.myclassroomeconomy.org



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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