Save the Date for Annual Personal Financial Literacy Conference

save the date blue 3d realistic square isolated buttonThe Iowa Jump$tart Coalition is pleased announce it will once again offer its annual Personal Financial Literacy Conference. The conference provides a wealth of resources and information to help Iowa educators help their students with key financial literacy concepts.

Mark your calendars now to attend the conference Thursday, July 16. The conference will be at DMACC’s FFA Enrichment Center, located at 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway in Ankeny. We anticipate having a conference registration form available early to mid-May.

Interested in being a presenter?
We are also looking for conference presenters. If you are interested, we invite you to submit a proposal to present at the conference. The proposal deadline is May 22, 2015. Click here to access the proposal request form.

Want to exhibit at the conference:
If your organization is interested in exhibiting at the conference, please click here to fill out the exhibitor request form.

April 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Jump$tart Member Spotlight: Iowa Attorney General’s Office

AttorneyGeneralWe would like to recognize the Iowa Attorney General’s Office as our current Member Spotlight. The Iowa AG is an advocate and resource for Iowans, providing consumer protection and information. Their website states that “The Consumer Protection Division protects Iowa consumers from fraud, ensures fair competition in the workplace, and informs the public about consumer frauds and how to avoid becoming a consumer fraud victim.” They frequently post information and alerts on their website to help Iowans protect their financial assets by preventing fraud. They also have a partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Services to provide a website called Be There that offers helpful information and links for strengthening families through good parenting. This website includes a money management section as well.

This long time member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Debra Moore. She has been an integral part of the coalition and has participated as president of the coalition and countless volunteer positions in committees such as teacher conference, marketing, and Money Smart Week.

You may find more about this member at: https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/

April 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Governor Declares April Financial Literacy Month

MSWProclamationSigngingIowa Governor Terry Branstad has recently signed two proclamations to support financial literacy.

First, on March 9, he signed a proclamation declaring April 18-25 Money Smart Week. Members of the Jump$tart Coalition attended the proclamation signing (pictured above).

Then, on April 1, he also signed another proclamation declaring the month of April Financial Literacy month. In the proclamation, he states, “the state of Iowa believes knowledge of personal finance is essential for the success of citizens and state.”

Click here to learn more about how you can participate in financial literacy activities during Money Smart Week and Financial Literacy Month.

April 6, 2015 at 10:40 am

Iowa Financial Literacy Summit

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The Iowa Financial Literacy Summit aims to educate students, educators, and the general public about the importance of financial literacy. The Summit includes breakout sessions for secondary students, educators, and the general public.

Details about the summit are as follows:

Dates: May 5, 2015
Times: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Iowa Events Center: HyVee Hall
Address: 730 Third Street, Des Moines
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 21, 2015
Registration covers meals and snacks throughout the day. Parking at the Iowa Events Center is $7.00 per car.

For more info click here.

March 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Team up to win the Finance Challenge!

The Iowa Finance Challenge is a new online financial literacy program available for middle and high school students. This online competition includes 30 questions for students to test their knowledge on income and money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. Students compete in teams of three or four in the challenge, and test individually to measure the knowledge they have gained.

In addition to providing students with a fun and engaging way to build their financial literacy knowledge, the challenge offers students the chance to win cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded in April during Money Smart Week to the first, second and third place winning teams. The first place team will receive $25 per team member, the second place team will receive $15 per team member, and the third place team will receive $10 per team member. Every team that participates also is registered for a drawing for a $100 gift card.

Teachers interested in having students participate in the challenge can contact Erica Vonk of the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College at 712-722-6341 or Erica.Vonk@Dordt.edu. The challenge is being facilitated and managed by the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College, and made possible through a joint sponsorship by the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition and Wells Fargo.

Visit their website at http://financechallenge.unl.edu and click on Iowa.

March 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Money Smart Week® Returns April 18-25, 2015

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Saving for college? Preparing for retirement? Repairing your credit? Just wish you were better at managing your money? Sign up today for one of many financial education programs during Money Smart Week® April 18-25, coordinated by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hundreds of local partner organizations in your community.

Money Smart Week events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies on topics including kids and money, credit building, managing student debt and retirement. Event information is available here.

February 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge 2015

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As many of you know, registration for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge for Iowa high schools ended Jan. 31, 2015. This challenge was presented by Iowa Student Loan. More info about the contest can be found here.

There were 32 schools that completed all three steps of the registration process to be entered into the drawing. The auditor has completed the drawing and I have a list of the 30 winning schools.

Please check out the winners here.

In the next couple of weeks, a plaque and award check will also be sent to winning schools. A certificate of participation will be sent to those schools that were not selected. A press release will be sent early March announcing the winners.

Congratulating to winners and participating schools!

Official Press Release

February 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

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