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Enter Your School in Project Financial Literacy for the Chance to Win a $1,000 Scholarship to Help Students

project_fl-logoEnter your school into Project Financial Literacy by March 15 – and you’ll also be eligible for the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships to help your school and students. Scholarships are sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association and are available to help Iowa schools improve their financial literacy programs or provide scholarships to students.

Providing students with basic financial literacy skills helps to equip them for future success. Project Financial Literacy is designed to promote financial literacy education by providing high schools with an assessment tool, developed by Iowa-based Ednalysis, to help evaluate their financial literacy curriculum. The assessment tool is provided to schools free of charge thanks to the support of local sponsors, including Iowa banks. Upon taking the assessment, teachers and administrators who wish to address areas of improvement identified in the assessment may also utilize staff and resources available from TS Institute.

In addition, schools signed up for the project by March 15 will be eligible for random, regional drawings for one of ten $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association to improve financial literacy programs or help students. Scholarship award recipients will be announced in early April 2015.

Sign up your school today at www.projectfl.org.

January 19, 2016 at 9:10 am

Money Smart Kid Essay Contest Offers Students a Chance to Win $1,000

MSWlogoStudents in grades seven through eleven can now enter the tenth annual Money Smart Kid essay contest and compete for the chance to win $1,000 to help boost their college savings. The statewide essay contest is sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.

Eligible students can enter the contest by writing an essay of 300 words or fewer, answering questions based on this scenario: “Your family faces a medical emergency. Due to this situation, your parent/guardian cannot work temporarily. Your family does not have much savings and will need to find ways to adjust spending.” Given this scenario, students must answer the questions: “How could your family adjust spending? What actions might you take to assist your family situation? How can your family prepare in the future for unexpected emergencies that have major financial impact?”

Essays are due by March 25. The student with the winning essay will be selected as Iowa’s Money Smart Kid for 2016 and receive $1,000 toward college savings funded by the Iowa Bankers Association.

The Money Smart Kid serves as an ambassador during Money Smart Week Iowa, which will be April 23-30 in several communities across the state.

Click here for more information.

January 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

Preview Broke, Busted and Disgusted Movie Jan. 7

Student debt is a serious problem – amounting to more than $1.3 trillion dollars – with long-term implications to quality of life for students and their families. While many issues contribute to the problem, an important step toward solving it is to educate yourself and others about options for making smart financial decisions.

Learn about the true costs of a college degree. Watch Broke, Busted and Disgusted Jan. 7 at a special presentation at the DMACC West Theatre. The film, to be presented by Adam Carroll, is designed to help college students (and their parents) better understand the potential repercussions of student debt and how to graduate with less debt.

Click here to learn more about the film.

Click here to view the  Presentation Invite.

January 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Hands on Banking Resources for Iowa Teachers

HandsOnBankinglogoAre you an Iowa teacher looking for easy-to-use financial literacy curriculum that can be used with any age group, aligns with Iowa’s core standards, includes helpful instructor guides, and is FREE? Then you’ll want to check out the Hands on Banking program provided free of charge by Wells Fargo. It includes all of these things – and more!

Topics for every age group
The Hands on Banking program offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need to provide your students with valuable financial education lessons. Plus, different lessons are available for kids and teens. Just pick your target age group and get started!

Helpful instructor guides
The program also includes free, downloadable Instructor Guides that provide everything you’ll need to guide your students through real-life scenarios, group discussions, and valuable activities.

Alignment to educational standards
The lessons for school-aged children are aligned with national and state educational standards for economics, financial literacy, mathematics, and English language arts, making it easy to integrate the Hands on Banking program into the classroom.

Click here to learn more, and click here to contact Wells Fargo’s Eric Idehen to participate in the program.

Quick links to additional resources

December 4, 2015 at 11:19 am

Kiplinger & NAPFA to Host First-Ever “Maximize Your Money” Webchat on Dec. 10

WebcastKiplinger’s Personal Finance and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), in association with the NAPFA Consumer Education Foundation, are joining forces to offer free financial advice through their NEW Maximize Your Money webchat series. The first online chat will focus on easing holiday money concerns and providing year-end tax planning advice.

NAPFA Fee-Only financial advisors will answer questions for free on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at live.kiplinger.com or through twitter using the hashtag #MaximizeMoney.

Maximize Your Money will feature 20 financial advisors who will provide specific answers to questions across an array of topics:

  • Easing Holiday Money Concerns—Smart financial advice on how you can make the most of the holidays without going broke, taking out unneeded loans or emptying your savings.
  • Year-End Tax Planning—Guidance on what you can do now, before the end of the year, to protect your investments and lower your tax bill.
  • Other Financial Challenges—From saving for college to investing to paying down debt, advisors are available to provide the best solutions to all your financial questions.

Participants can submit questions in advance and throughout the live chat, and/or read about easing your holiday money concerns and year-end tax planning during and after the event. Participants can also view questions and answers, as well as ask for financial advice, by using the #MaximizeMoney hashtag on Twitter.

November 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Visit 140 Colleges in One Day

collegeflagscroppedThe Golden Circle College Fair is traditionally the largest in Iowa, and is sponsored by Iowa College Access Network and supported by Iowa Student Loan, both members of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition. Last year, 140 colleges and universities exhibited to more than 2,000 students and family members. Take advantage of this chance to speak one-on-one with school representatives from across the country, and attend breakout sessions on planning for college.

The 25th Annual Golden Circle College Fair
Golden Circle College Fair
Iowa Events Center – Hy-Vee Hall
Des Moines
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Visit Golden Circle College Fair to learn more.

September 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Iowa teachers earn scholarships to attend National Jump$tart Educators Conference

Pictured left to right are scholarship winners Carla Madson of the Urbandale Community School District, April Moffitt of the Emmetsburg Community School District, Jen Snyder of the Colfax-Mingo School District, LaRae Arment of the Alburnett Community School District, David Becker of the Ottumwa School District, and Iowa Jump$tart President Mary Sandvig.

Pictured left to right are scholarship winners Carla Madson of the Urbandale Community School District, April Moffitt of the Emmetsburg Community School District, Jen Snyder of the Colfax-Mingo School District, LaRae Arment of the Alburnett Community School District, David Becker of the Ottumwa School District, and Iowa Jump$tart President Mary Sandvig.

Five Iowa teachers have received scholarships from Iowa Jump$tart to attend the National Jump$tart Educators Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, in November. Scholarship winners are winners Carla Madson of the Urbandale Community School District, April Moffitt of the Emmetsburg Community School District, Jen Snyder of the Colfax-Mingo School District, LaRae Arment of the Alburnett Community School District, and David Becker of the Ottumwa School District. This conference will bring together hundreds of educators from across the country whose work gives students a successful financial future.

“Financial education is critical to the future success of Iowa students. It is also important to equip Iowa teachers with the resources they need for teaching financial literacy,” said Mary Sandvig, president of Iowa Jump$tart. “The National Jump$tart Conference provides a wealth of tools and information to help teachers help their students build a strong foundation when it comes to financial education. At Iowa Jump$tart, we are happy to help Iowa teachers with this scholarship to attend.”

Five scholarships in total were provided by Iowa Jump$tart to Iowa teachers to attend the national conference, which will take place Nov. 6-8. The conference provides preK-12 teachers with financial education resources, personal and professional development and a nationwide network of colleagues supporting financial education.

September 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

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