TS Bank Institute and Iowa Bankers Association Awarded

The Iowa Division of Banking (IDOB), a member of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, is pleased to announce it has awarded financial literacy grants to TS Bank Institute and the Iowa Bankers Association. The legislature appropriated $100,000 to the IDOB to fund programs leveraging banks’ expertise to provide financial literacy education programs to Iowans.

Read the full Press Release here:

Financial Literacy Funding Press Release

January 31, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Chance for Students to Win $ in the MSW Poster Contest!

MSW 2014 Poster Contest Flyer

Once again the Community Bankers of Iowa is sponsoring a poster contest for Money Smart Week (April 5-12, 2014)! For showing Iowa bankers what they know about money, students in 2nd through 6th grades have the chance to win either a $500 Certificate of Deposit (1st place), or a $200 Certificate of Deposit (2nd& 3rd places). This is an increase from the single $200 prize offered in previous years!

As part of Money Smart Week 2014, elementary students can submit poster designs to community banks across Iowa. Posters should answer the question: “There’s a lot to learn about money. What should you know now?”

This year CBI has compiled a Marketing Implementation Kit to assist member banks in hosting the 2014 Money Smart Week Poster Contest. Included in this Marketing Implementation Kit are a Press Release Template, Poster Contest Flyer, Poster Entry Submission Labels, 2014 Money Smart Week Iowa Logo and CBI Logo.

Click below for more information and to download the Marketing Implementation Kit
http://www.cbiaonline.org/2403/mirror/networking-banker-involvement.htm

January 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

New Tool Available! Check out the 2013 Iowa Income Tax Practice Packet for Students

Paying Income Taxes on chalk boardThe Iowa Department of Revenue is pleased to work with Jump$tart Iowa to promote financial literacy education.  That education should include basic knowledge about how to complete a tax return.  To assist with the development of that knowledge, the Department has created a student packet with examples, exercises, and instructions for teachers to expose students to the basics of completing an Iowa 1040 Individual Income tax return.  The Department encourages the usage of this packet and welcomes any questions you may have about the information presented.  Please contact idr@iowa.gov.

Download:
2013 Student Iowa Income Tax Practice Packet

Please take time to fill in the Tax Packet Evaluation to help us know where we can improve on this tool.

December 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Register Now for Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge, Chance to Win $1,000

Iowa high schools have a chance at $1,000 when they assess their students’ financial knowledge in the 2013 – 2014 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge. Registration is free and simple, and participation can be completed in a single 45-minute class period.

Schools that register for the Challenge and have students complete the Ednalysis Financial Literacy Assessment by Jan. 31 will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of 30 cash prizes. The drawing will award each winning school $1,000 to benefit its financial literacy programs and scholarship fund.

Iowa Student Loan®, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa and the Iowa College Access Network are the proud sponsors of this program.

Test Students’ Financial Knowledge

The assessment allows teachers to see how well their students understand essential financial literacy skills in five key areas:

  • Achieving Financial Goals
  • Managing Money Effectively
  • Debt Decision-Making
  • Investment and Asset Building
  • Legal and Ethical Financial Behavior

Registered schools whose students complete the assessment will be entered in the drawing. Individual student scores are confidential and will be shared only with the high school.

Register Now

Iowa high schools can now register at http://challenge.ednalysis.com for the 2013 – 2014 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge and students can then begin taking the assessment. Use the “Get Started” link on the left to enter your school information and create your username and password. You will also be able to request login information for each 9 – 12 grade student who will participate in the Challenge.

Special Scholarship for Seniors

The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship expands the Challenge by awarding 20 scholarships worth $1,500 each to college-bound seniors who complete the Ednalysis assessment test and two financial literacy modules in February 2014. Interested seniors will receive emails highlighting financial literacy tips and reminding them to complete Student Loan Game Plansm and the ROCI Reality Check, two resources offered by Iowa Student Loan to help students realize their financial goals. Watch for more information about the scholarship.

Learn More

For more information about the Challenge, contact Matt Brown at Iowa Student Loan at (800) 243-7552, ex. 7656, or by email at mbrown@studentloan.org.

IFKHC_2013-2014 – Flier

IFKHC_2013-2014_PressRelease

November 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Money Habits formed by the age of SEVEN

Government-backed Money Advice Service (MAS) pointed to a Cambridge University study that suggested that most young children had grasped all the main aspects of how money works and formed “core behaviors which they will take into adulthood and which will affect financial decisions they make during the rest of their lives”.

Caroline Rookes, chief executive of the Money Advice Service, said: “This study really demonstrates the power of parental influences, and illustrates how much of what you learn and absorb when you are young, both consciously and subconsciously, affects the choices you make throughout the rest of your life.”

View the rest of the article here:  Money habits are formed by the age of seven – News Article

August 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

Conference Recap

What a great conference we had in July! We learned so much and got to meet so many neat individuals! If you missed the conference or if you would like to revisit it, please go to our conference page and check out all the cool downloads you can get. Thank you to all the speakers and attendants that came to our conference!

July 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Treynor High School Students Win Video Contest

2013TreynorVideoCongratulations to 4 Treynor High School students who won the 2013 Iowa Financial Literacy Program Video Clip Challenge!  Students involved were Logan Huff (Sr.), Wesley Masterson (Sr.), John Beckman (Sr.), and Taylor Anderson (Fr.).

Their video compares the financial behavior of two high school students.  One student is making good financial decisions while the other makes poor decisions.  Watch this fun video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/oJA60WcGI9s.

April 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

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