Iowa Jump$tart Coalition Accomplishments for 2010

  • March 30-31, 2010: Building Family and Personal Financial Capability Symposium at Iowa State University Campus in Ames, IA.  About 50 attended, partially comprised of 15 public school teachers, 24 university people, 2 adult-ed instructors, several representatives of financial service providers, and at least 5 members of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition.  Speakers and moderators included: Dan Iannicola, President & CEO of The Financial Literacy Group Reactor; Tahira Hira, Professor at ISU and executive assistant to the President, and Jeanne Hogarth, 2009-2010 Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair.
  • April 14, 2010:  State Coalition Leaders Meeting. President Rod Reed met with National Jump$tart officials, partners, and other state coalition leaders in Washington, DC
  • April 17-24, 2010:  Money Smart Week.  Iowa Jump$tart coordinated the Chicago Federal Reserve Money Smart Week in Iowa. There were 3 primary locations:  Des Moines; Cedar Rapids; and the Quad Cities, with participation also in Hardin County, the Council Bluffs area, and Iowa Falls.
    • hosted the Jump$tart Financial Forum
    • coordinated 100 partnering organizations who hosted over 120 events
    • produced a 12-page newspaper insert on financial education topics
    • awarded a scholarship for the Money Smart Kid essay contest
    • extended Money Smart Week’s outreach to about 5,000 students by touring schools with Ben Franklin in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Quad-Cities, and Iowa Falls
    • Shredding
      • Cedar Rapids:  7 events, 162 participants shredded 5,660 pounds.
      • Des Moines: 4 events, 127 participants shredded 4,551 pounds.
      • Quad Cities: 6 events, Unknown participants shred 6,000 pounds
    • Attendance:
      • Conferences: 500
      • Kickoffs: 80
      • Other events:2000
      • Shredding: 400
      • Treynor:  800 Students
      • Iowa Falls:  500 students+
      • Ben Franklin visits: 3,000
  • April 29, 2010: Day with the Superintendent. President Rod Reed presented at the IDOB’s Day with the Superintendent.  About 250 Iowa bankers, bank regulators, and other industry officials were on hand to hear about Iowa Jump$tart and to hear about Iowa Jump$tart member Treynor State Bank’s effort to integrate financial literacy in K-12 in the Treynor School District.
  • April 30, 2010: Meeting with Jump$tart Chairman Neil Milner.  Several members of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition met with national Jump$tart Chairman Neil Milner at the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) office in Johnston, Iowa.  Mr. Milner is the President and CEO of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors in Washington, DC.  He had lived in Iowa and was a longtime President and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association.
  • Iowa Jump$tart exhibited at the Iowa Business Educators Association Conference, the Iowa Family and Consumer Science Educators’ Conference, and the Iowa Association for Student Aid Advisors.  Combined probably at least 350 teachers were present.
  • July 22, 2010:  Iowa Jump$tart Coalition Executive Board met with Regional director Maritta Bush.
  • July 22-23, 2010:  The 10th Annual Personal Financial Literacy Conference was held at DMACC in Ankeny with 70 attendees.
  • Highlights of the conference included superb presentations by Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, and Barry Griswell, retired CEO of Principal Financial.
  • The Iowa Jump$tart Coalition recognized the 2010 Jump$tart Educator of the Year, Samy El- Baroudi, of East High School in Des Moines. The award was sponsored by the Iowa Credit Union League Foundation.
  • Conference receipts exceeded conference expenses by $4,129 due primarily to generous sponsorships by the Iowa Division of Banking, the Investors Education Fund, the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, and individual banks and credit unions.
  • Teresa Nennig of Independence and Rhonda Schmaltz of Ames were chosen to attend the National Jump$tart Financial Literacy Conference in November with expenses paid by the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition.
  • September 2010:  Iowa Jumpstart created its own page on Facebook and Twitter
  • September 10, 2010: Iowa Jump$tart wrote a supporting letter to the Office of Financial Education and Financial Access for designating 5 core concept areas of personal finance.  In addition, Iowa Jump$tart suggested the subcommittee consider adding a sixth core concept area “personal financial responsibility”.  Then those six concepts align well with Jump$tart’s six categories of personal finance.  It was also suggested that the subcommittee consider incorporating, where practical, information from Jump$tart’s “National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education”.
  • October 19, 2010:  DMACC –Financial Literacy Day.  At each of the seven campuses, Jump$tart members were available to spread the word about financial literacy and answer questions from the students.

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