Upcoming Events

2022 Iowa Jump$tart Personal Financial Literacy Conference

Personal Financial Literacy Conference
Collaboration – Resources – Tools
for Iowa classrooms teaching
Financial Literacy

Join us on June 23rd at Bondurant-Farrar High School for our annual conference where Iowa teachers can share and learn about the newest information in financial literacy for students. This opportunity is free to any registered attendee. You are also offered a free lunch and a chance to win free airfare and registration to the National Jumpstart Educator Conference where you will get even MORE information about financial literacy for the classroom! Please visit our conference homepage for more information.

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2022 Econ Challenge: Results Are In

Thanks to all who participated in the Econ Challenge!! We had a great turnout with 181 students participating in the online portion and 19 teams competing in the online state finals on April 21st.

Adam Smith division was for students enrolled in any two semester econ macro and micro course sequence or any course labeled as AP, IB, honors, or differentiated. Final results are:

  • 1st Place is Iowa City West High School – Bank 182
    • Peter B.
    • Kyle C.
    • Anish L.
    • Nate W.
  • 2nd Place is Iowa City West High School – Tom Petty & The Wage Takers
    • Aidan O.
    • Khalid A.
    • Nikolas S.
    • Catherine Y.

David Ricard division was for students new to Economics. It is restricted to students enrolled in a one-semester or less high school course not labeled as AP, IB, honors, differentiated, or college level. Final results are:

  • 1st Place is Iowa City West High School – Cardinals
    • Peter A.
    • Rosemary T.
    • Jumana A.
    • Augustin H.
  • 2nd Place is Iowa City West High School – Falcons
    • Helenipa S.
    • Sila D.
    • Leo W.
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CBI MONEY SMART WEEK POSTER CONTEST BACK AGAIN IN 2022

Community Bankers of Iowa (CBI) is once again sponsoring the CBI Money Smart
Week Poster Contest to motivate elementary school students to learn about finances. Money Smart Week was designed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as part of a financial literacy public awareness campaign. Events were cancelled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Money Smart
Week has returned for 2022 once again in an all-virtual format, CBI’s annual Poster Contest is one of the few hands-on activities still being featured in Iowa during Virtual Money Smart Week this year.

To enter the Poster Contest, elementary students in 2nd through 6th grades can submit poster designs to participating community banks in Iowa, with imagery answering the question: “Why is it important to know about money?”. For showing Iowa’s community bankers what they know, students have the chance to win either a $600 Certificate of Deposit (1st Prize), or a $300 Certificate of Deposit (2nd & 3rd Prizes).

Participating elementary students should submit their poster designs to participating community bank branches throughout Iowa by April 8, 2022. Posters will be displayed in the banks throughout Virtual Money Smart Week (April 9-16, 2022). Contest winners will be chosen and notified by May 4, 2022, and announced to the public by May 6. Complete rules & submission guidelines are available at www.cbiaonline.org. Contact the CBI office at 515-453-1495 or klee@cbiaonline.org for assistance in locating a participating community bank near you.

Throughout Virtual Money Smart Week, participating community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and financial experts will host free educational events to help Iowans of all ages learn to better manage their personal finances. More information about Virtual Money Smart Week – including a full calendar of events – is available at www.moneysmartweek.org.

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2022 Iowa Economics Challenge

This challenge is an opportunity for middle and high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of economics by competing in this FREE program with other students across the state in written and “Quiz Bowl” examinations.

Students in Iowa begin the challenge by participating in a preliminary first round of the Challenge online.

In the first round, each team of 3-4 students in three divisions will complete online exams covering topics in macro, micro and international economics. 

The top 10 high school teams in each division will be invited to participate in the State Finals on April 21, 2022. Prizes available!

REGISTER NOW – https://econchallenge.unl.edu/Iowa/Welcome

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Iowa Insurance Division Announces Participation in the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee to Support Youth Financial Education

The Iowa Insurance Division is sponsoring the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee, taking place April 1-15, 2021. The EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee is a nationwide financial literacy challenge for high school students.

The EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee provides an opportunity for students to learn the critical importance of saving and budgeting for short-term and long-term financial goals.

The virtual challenge, created by EVERFI, and supported by leading financial institutions nationwide, features four short digital lessons followed by a capstone essay contest in which students share a short-term or long-term savings goal and outline their plan to achieve that goal.  Winners of the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee will receive a total of $20,000 in college scholarships.  In addition, the top three essays from students in Iowa will be awarded visa e-gift cards of $200, $100 and $50 respectively to help them reach the savings goal they wrote about in the essay.

To learn more about the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee, visit https://iid-iowa.everfi-next.net/welcome/national-financial-bee-2021.

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Iowa Personal Finance Challenge

This FREE online financial literacy program is available to middle and high school students. The competition tests students’ knowledge on income, money management, spending, credit, saving and investing. 

The top 4 teams in each region will be invited to the virtual State Finals on April 23, 2021.

Student prizes will be awarded by region in addition to a teacher drawing for one $100 cash prize! 

Register online here: https://financechallenge.unl.edu/Iowa?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

This Challenge is sponsored by College Savings Iowa, The Council for Economic Education, Iowa JumpStart Coalition, The TS Institute, and the Dordt Center for Economic Education.

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Iowa Economics Challenge Registration Open

The Iowa Economics Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of economics by competing in this FREE program with other students across the state in written and “Quiz Bowl” examinations.

Students in Iowa begin the challenge by participating in a preliminary first round of the Challenge online.

In the first round, each team of 3-4 students in three divisions will complete online exams covering topics in macro, micro and international economics. 

The top 10 high school teams in each division will be invited to participate in the virtual State Finals on April 30, 2021. 

State prizes available for each division!  Register here: https://econchallenge.unl.edu/Iowa?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

The Challenge is sponsored by College Savings Iowa, The Council for Economic Education, Iowa JumpStart Coalition, and the Dordt Center for Economic Education.

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NGPF Professional Development Opportunity

We are excited to announce Iowa Jump$tart’s newest partnership with Next Gen Personal Finance which will provide additional PD opportunities this spring. Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is a national nonprofit that is expanding access to personal finance education by delivering free professional development and curriculum.

Over the next six months, we will be collaborating on the Partnership for Professional Development Initiative.

What does this mean for you?

Collaborating and connecting with other personal finance teachers has become more important than ever. That is why we are so excited to collaborate with NGPF on these three upcoming events. Each of these events will include multiple opportunities for teachers to work together to share ideas and best practices while also walking away with new resources to implement immediately.

  • Title: 5 Resources in 50 Minutes
    • Description: Looking for bite-size resources to engage your students both in-person and while you are teaching remotely? We will zip through 5 of NGPF’s most popular during this session. 
    • Date: March 4, 2021
    • Time: 4pm-5pm
  • Title: Teaching Through NGPF Arcade Games
    • Description: Looking for online games and simulations that promote student critical thinking and dialogue? Play some of the popular NGPF Arcade Games while discussing implementation strategies.
    • Date: April 8, 2021
    • Time: 4pm-5pm
  • Description: In this 3 hour session, you will collaborate with other educators from Wisconsin, discover new resources and deepen your content knowledge. Try a format that educators are calling “the most productive PD this school year!”
    • Date: April 17, 2021
    • Time: 8am – 11am
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Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarships

The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae®, has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to launch a new scholarship program. The Sallie Mae Fund Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program will provide $1 million a year over the next three years to help students access and complete post-secondary education.

Nearly 900 students, including high school seniors, students in their final year of post-secondary education, and grad students, will receive scholarships through the scholarship program over the next three years.

  • The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors: In 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund will award $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year degree professional certificate, or vocational training program. Seniors who excel inside and outside of the classroom and demonstrate financial need can apply now through March 8 at www.salliemae.com/landing/bridging-the-dream.