NGPF Jump$tart NEC Scholarship Contest Now Accepting Applications

logo2Are you passionate about building financial capability and find yourself constantly brainstorming and conjuring up ways to bring personal finance education to more students? If so, Next Gen Personal Finance has an amazing professional development opportunity for you!
Next Gen is awarding 20 scholarships for classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH from November 3-5, 2018!
Click here to learn more.

LifeSmarts Online Consumer Challenge Now Open

LifeSmartsThe National Consumers League hosts LifeSmarts, an online competition open to all students in grades 6–12. This September, LifeSmarts celebrates 25 years of empowering teens to become smart, savvy consumers. Each month, LifeSmarts focuses on a different category important to teen consumers: personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights, technology, and the environment. Students compete online and in-person throughout the year to win scholarships and prizes. Experts in LifeSmarts subject areas are also needed to serve as judges and officials at the state and national competitions. This year’s competition begins on September 10. Click here to learn more.


Applications Being Accepted for Bridging the Dream Scholarships


From now until September 27, 2018, Sallie Mae® is accepting nominations from counselors, mentors, and community members for the Bridging the Dream Scholarship. This year, Sallie Mae will be awarding a new group of inspiring high school students with $25,000 each.

Do you know a high school junior or senior

  • who works hard and inspires others;
  • has an interesting story to tell; and
  • is gifted or skilled in a way you think is outstanding?

Nominate them today for this scholarship opportunity! Your nominee could be a student that you’ve helped guide along the way, someone who has inspired you, or a student you worry may come up financially short of fulfilling their dreams. Also, share this message with your colleagues and other student-focused community organizations to ensure more students from your area are nominated.

Visit to learn more about previous winners, how these scholarships have impacted their lives, and to nominate a student today.

You can also help even more students find scholarships by telling them to check out Sallie Mae’s free Scholarship Search tool. It matches students with scholarship opportunities based on their unique skills, activities, and interests.


Iowa Jump$tart Conference provides resources, inspiration for teachers


Iowa teachers attended the Iowa Jump$tart annual Personal Financial Literacy Conference June 28-29 in Ankeny, where they had the chance to participate in inspirational and engaging sessions on teaching personal finance, and gain a wealth of ideas and resources to take back to their schools. The first day of the conference, sponsored by the Iowa Insurance Division, included a variety of keynote and breakout sessions. The second day, sponsored by Next Gen Personal Finance, provided teachers with a chance to earn continuing credit by participating in a FinCamp session. Plus, five Iowa teachers were awarded scholarships to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference Nov. 3-5 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Below are a few of the highlights from the conference.

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The conference began with an introduction to the Money Smart Week essay contest. Attendees heard the 2018 winning essay read by winner Hope Dohlman, an 11th grader from Crestwood High School. The contest, designed for students in grades 7-11, takes place each March, with winners announced during Money Smart Week each April. The top ten finalists receive financial awards ranging from $300-$500 sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association, with the first-place winner receiving a $1,000 prize.  Click here to learn more about the essay contest.

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Jacob Clifford led an engaging opening keynote session on getting students excited and engaged in learning about personal finance. An economics teacher from California, Clifford is also the creator of the popular YouTube channel ACDC Leadership, which features a variety of fun and engaging lessons on economics. He offered five strategies for engaging students, including 1) Focus on selling, 2) Convey your excitement, 3) Make lessons applicable, 4) Invite students to practice concepts, and 5) Give immediate feedback. Click here to visit Clifford’s YouTube channel.

DeckerKeynote2Ryan Decker gave the lunch keynote session on how to broach the subject of money when talking with students and how to help students improve decision making when it comes to personal finance by utilizing behavioral economics concepts. Decker is an assistant professor of economics and finance with the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy at North Central College in Illinois.


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Concurrent breakout sessions ran in the morning and afternoon, and included the topics of teaching soft skills; integrating STEM, math and financial literacy; using technology resources from the FDIC; student loan options; EVERFI financial literacy program; teaching demand and supply concepts; personal finance for teachers; helping first in family students with college planning; and helping students evaluate the pros and cons of immediately joining the workforce or going to college first.

National Conference Scholarship Winners

The conference concluded with the announcement of the five winners of scholarships to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Winners were: Kyle Leonard, Lamoni High School; Kathy Degner, Muscatine High School; Kelly Parriott, Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines; Annette Knott, Missouri Valley High School; and Del Buchman, ADM, Adel.

Click here to view photos from the conference.


Iowa City West HS makes national finals for economics challenge


Iowa City West High School placed 7th in the 2018 National Economics Challenge, hosted by the Council for Economic Education in May in New York City. The challenge teaches and supports critical success skills for high school students, which help students prepare for future careers. Students reached the national competition by placing first in their state competitions. In the national event, the students were presented with a hypothetical family financial scenario and given two hours to come up with a resolution to the family’s financial situation. In the preliminary round, teams were randomly divided into three groups and presented their findings to judges. The top team in each group then presented to a panel of elite judges in the final round. The 2019 challenge will take place May 18-20, 2019. Click here to learn more.


Business Horizons offers Iowa high school students college credit and career experience


Business Horizons is looking for Iowa high school students (grades 9-12) to join in the fun this summer at Business Horizons 2018! During the week-long program, students from across the state team up and take part in exciting competitions as they navigate the world of business and entrepreneurship alongside Iowa professionals. Students gain hands-on experience, receive advice from expert speakers, explore career options in Iowa and develop their leadership and professional skills. Business Horizons provides valuable college and career experience for all students, regardless of career interest. Participants can also earn college credit and a Central College scholarship by attending.

If needed, program scholarships and/or financial assistance is available to attend. Contact with questions.

Visit to learn more, nominate students to attend, download applications and view program videos. You can also download the 2018 brochure for more information.


Money Smart poster contest winners announced

Sponsored by the Community Bankers of Iowa, the Money Smart poster contest provides students in grades 2-6 with the chance to submit posters that depict “Why is it important to know about money?” for the chance to win a certificate of deposit (CD).

The winners of the contest have been announced and are:

Grand Prize – Vivienne Rahe, 2nd Grade, Xavier Elementary, submitted by Fidelity Bank & Trust in Dyersville

Second Prize – Claire Wubbena, 5th Grade, Lincoln Elementary, submitted by Federation Bank in Washington

Third Prize – Laura Ross, 6th Grade, Sioux Center Elementary, submitted by Northwest Bank in Sioux Center

Honorable Mention – Joe McCleary, 5th Grade, Lincoln Elementary, submitted by Federation Bank in Washington

The grand prize winner receives a $600 CD. Second and third prize winners receive a $300 CD.

PosterContest5Presentation photo (left to right): Randy Ludwig, Market President, Fidelity Bank & Trust, Tiffany Wulfekuhle, Customer Service Rep (Fidelity), Vicki Rahe (mother), Vivienne Rahe, Andy Rahe (father), Joan Steger, Asst. Vice President of Retail (Fidelity).


Kaylee Lowe and Kathy Paul receives Money Smart Cache! contest award

IMG_0048Iowa student Kaylee Lowe and her teacher Kathy Paul each received at $250 award for participating in the Money Smart Cache! contest. One statewide prize is awarded each year from Iowa Jump$tart to an Iowa student and teacher who participate in the contest. Kaylee is a student at North Union High School in Armstrong, Iowa. Kathy is the family and consumer science teacher at the school.


PEI offers educator courses for licensure renewal credit

iStock_000023903533MediumProfessional Educators of Iowa (PEI) is offering three personal finance courses this summer especially for educators, which also offer the opportunity to earn one credit for licensure renewal for each course. The first course, Teaching STEM Career Readiness and Financial Education, will be offered June 18-19. The second course, Teaching 21st Century Financial Literacy, will be offered June 25-26. The third course, Personal Financial Literacy for Educators, will be offered July 16-17. All courses will be held at the PEI Conference Center at 974 73rd Street, Suite 30 in West Des Moines. Click here to register online.