In the fall of 2001, state agencies, private businesses and educational organizations with an interest in personal finance came together to form the West Virginia Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy (West Virginia Jump$tart).
WV Jump$tart is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization formed under the umbrella of the national Jump$tart Coalition. The national organization offers public use of its extensive online clearinghouse which includes personal finance videos, websites, books and other materials. The national coalition also administers a biennial survey of the financial knowledge of high school seniors in the United States.
WV Jump$tart has focused its objective on offering West Virginia’s educators the most up-to-date financial literacy academy available. Finance University has been recognized as a “Best Practice” for teacher training programs by the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission in their National Strategy for Financial Literacy (2006).