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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.

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Virtual Financial Literacy Camp

We are excited to announce that Iowa Jump$tart has coordinated with Next Gen Personal Finance to offer a one-day virtual workshop for Iowa teachers on Thursday, August 6.  The focus of this workshop will be on how to deliver great and effective financial literacy content virtually.

We know that many of you will have to teach some or all of your classes virtually this year.  We wanted to help you with that.  We are sure this workshop will help you be as effective as you can be given the circumstances.  Even though we had to cancel our annual conference this summer, we are hoping that this opportunity will be even more relevant to your current situation.

Here is the information to sign up.

Register now!

Go to our Conference page for more information.

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Update on the 2020 National Educator Conference

Unfortunately, the National Jump$tart Coalition has announced it has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 National Educator Conference, due to COVID-19 related travel and event restrictions and the significant number of participants who have decided not to attend.

The 2020 National Educator Conference was originally planned to be held on November 7-9 in Atlanta. Though Jump$tart will not be converting NEC into a virtual conference, they are working on an opportunity to connect partners and educators, so stay tuned!

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April 2020 is Financial Literacy Awareness Month

On April 16th, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation to declare April Financial Literacy Awareness Month.  We are living in an epic time.  Through all of life’s changes and struggles we now face, let us focus on how to use our finances to better our lives and stretch our resources to the unknowable end.  Iowa Jump$tart Coalition is dedicated to providing resources to promote financial literacy education.  Please explore our website or contact us for more information.

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Money Smart Week 2020 has been cancelled

Money Smart Week 2020 Chairs and Supporters,
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has canceled the 2020 Money Smart Week campaign scheduled for April 4-11, 2020. 
We are announcing this decision now to provide the Money Smart community with ample time to adjust schedules.
Please cancel all Money Smart Week events, advertising and related efforts within your local communities.
The Money Smart Week National Team is coordinating a series of short consumer-friendly webinars to take place during the month of April, which is Financial Literacy Month. Details to come.  
 
If you have any questions, please post them on our communities platform.
We look forward to reengaging with you for Money Smart Week 2021.
-The Money Smart Week National Team