In this month of April, Iowa Jump$tart would like to encourage all Iowans to take a moment to think about how they can improve their financial capabilities. Maybe make a goal to read a book or take a community class. If you need guidance, Iowa Jump$tart and its many partners will gladly help you find resources to help you reach your goals. When you look at it’s core, money is important to our survival and quality of life. We know how difficult it can be to pay back college loans, to pay taxes, to understand insurance, or to recover from a financial loss like divorce or natural disaster. We are all in this together.
Owen Schobert, an eighth grader at Lansing Middle School in Lansing, has won the 13th annual statewide financial literacy essay contest for Money Smart Week Iowa and has been named Iowa’s 2019 Money Smart Kid. Schobert also received $1,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association to put toward his college education.
Forty-one students from across the state participated in the 2019 Money Smart Week Essay Contest. Any Iowa student in grades seven through 11 was eligible to submit a 400-word essay. This year’s prompt asked students to explain what income volatility is and who is prone to experience it. Students were also asked to include tips and resources on how to prepare for sudden fluctuation in income.
Who: Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts
What: Earn a financial literacy & special event badge
Brownies: Money Manager
Juniors: Savvy Shopper
Cadettes: Financing my Dreams
When: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Brownies & Juniors: 12:30pm—2:00pm (start at 12:15pm)
Cadettes: 2:30pm—4:00pm (Start at 2:45pm)
Where: Valley Junction Community Center (Dining Room)
217 5th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
Why: What better way to celebrate Money Smart Week 2019 than to earn your
financial literacy badge with new friends! Join us for a free workshop with area
professionals to learn more about managing money.
RSVP by March 29
by contacting Lindsey Taylor, Triangle Financial
Services, at email@example.com or 515-282-8962.
Space is limited to 60 scouts per session.
A fantastic part of Money Smart Week that is coming up in April is the Poster Contest sponsored by Community Bankers of Iowa. The contest is for 2nd-6th grade students. It is fun for the creative kids to try to make some money with their art. Please go to this website for all the details.
Check out other Money Smart Week activities by going to the website:
Iowa Student Loan is offering two opportunities to help families pay for college this fall.
- College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway: Now through Oct. 21, parents and guardians of students in grades 6-12 can register to win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa deposit. Fifty winner will be chosen.
- Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Beginning Oct. 22, high school seniors can register online and complete the designated components of the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship for a chance to win one of 30 scholarships for $2,000. There are no GPA, merit or financial requirements.
Click here to learn more about both programs.
The Get Smart About Credit program – sponsored by the American Bankers Association Engagement Foundation – is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely. Hundreds of banks from across the country – and in Iowa – volunteer to teach the program in their local schools. To learn more about the program, and to find participating banks in your area, click here. And mark your calendar for Oct. 18, 2018, to celebrate Get Smart About Credit Day!