News/Accolades, Upcoming Events

Registration is open for our Summer Conference

Visit our conference page for all the details!

The Iowa Jump$tart Coalition is excited to announce the 21st Annual Personal Finance Conference will be held on August 10th, 2023 at the DMACC Urban Campus in Des Moines, IA. We would love for you to join us for a day full of learning where you are sure to come away with education around your personal finances as well as strategies and resources that you can use with your students at the start of the school year! Keep an eye on further announcements and announcements regarding the conference and feel free to register or submit a session proposal using the links below.

Contests, News/Accolades

The 2023 Econ and Finance Challenges were a huge success!

The 2023 Personal Finance Challenge and Iowa Economics Challenge saw more than 1,000 students, teachers, and volunteers involved over the course of the 2022-2023 school year. Both events test the knowledge and skills of middle and high school students: the Personal Financial Challenge tests students on income, money management, spending, credit, saving, and investing and the Economics Challenge utilizes Quiz Bowl style exams on economic knowledge.

The Personal Finance Challenge hosted two competitions this school year. The Fall 2022 competition ran from September to December with 745 students and 12 teachers participating. The Spring 2023 competition had 637 students and 8 teachers competing from January to March. The two competitions culminated in 60 students, fifteen teams of four, competing for 1st , 2nd , and 3rd place on April 12th at Drake University and resulted in more than $2,000 in prizes to the participants.

The Economics Challenge hosts competitions in three divisions: Adam Smith for returning competitors, AP, IB, and honors students; David Ricardo for first time competitors; and Milton Friedman for middle school students (grades 6-8). This year saw 163 students and 7 teachers competing in fall and spring challenges. The final challenge brought 80 students (twenty teams of four students) to Drake University on April 19th, with winners taking home prizes totaling more than $2,000.

A great big thank you to the twenty volunteers and also to the sponsors, without whom these events would not be possible: Iowa Division of Banking, The Harkin Institute, Drake University, University of Northern Iowa, ISL Education Lending, and TS Institute.



The 2023 Money Smart Week Poster Contest is officially open! Since 1999, Community Bankers of Iowa has sponsored the Money Smart Week Poster Contest as part of April’s Community Banking Month festivities.

Elementary students in 2nd through 6th Grades are eligible. Students should design a poster to answer the question “Why is it important to know about money?” Prizes offered are a $600 Certificate of Deposit for the First Place winner, and $300 Certificates of Deposit for the Second and Third Place winners. Prize CDs will be set up at the banks that submitted the winning posters, and are funded by the Community Bankers of Iowa Education Foundation.

Sponsoring the Money Smart Week Poster Contest is open to all community banks in Iowa. For your convenience we have compiled a free Marketing Kit to assist you in hosting the 2023 Money Smart Week Poster Contest at your bank. Register your bank to participate in the Poster Contest and download the free Marketing Kit materials here. Registering helps CBI inform the public as to which Iowa community banks are sponsoring the 2023 CBI Poster Contest in their area.

Winners will be chosen and notified by May 9, and announced to the public by May 12. Visit our website for more information about the Poster Contest, or email Krissy Lee at with questions, for assistance with entry submission, or to request customized marketing materials.

Download the flier!

Contests, News/Accolades

2023 Personal Finance and Economics Challenges

The Personal Finance Challenge 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 State Finals on April 12, 2023. Prizes available! 

Personal Finance Challenge –

The Economics 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.

The top 10 high school teams in each division will be invited to participate in the State Finals on April 19, 2023. Prizes available!

Economics Challenge –

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.

Upcoming Events

Iowa High School Student Financial Education and Economic Mobility Webinar

FDIC LogoAll 333 schools of the Iowa Public School System has been mandated to teach financial education starting in the 2020-2021 school year. The FDIC will host a webinar for all school districts. This event will outline multiple financial education curriculum’s including the FDIC Money Smart curriculum. FDIC staff will outline multiple other resources including the Teacher Online Resource Center, in-school banking resources and the Money Smart financial education curriculum. The FDIC will engage all Iowa School Districts in a partnership with the Iowa Department of Education in which FDIC staff will market this event and FDIC resources. The partnership is ongoing and will help to transition this effort to insured account outreach and credit education in the future.

May 21, 2020 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Register Online

FDIC Webinar Agenda

Contests, Financial Literacy Tools, Scholarships

At Home Financial Literacy Challenge worth $10,000

The National Financial Bee

Compete for a chance to win a college scholarship up to $10,000!

Calling all parents and caregivers! The Iowa Insurance Division is proud to sponsor the EVERFI National Financial Bee, a first-of-its-kind nationwide financial literacy challenge for students in 7th-10th grade. This year’s virtual challenge will take place April 20-24, and we want YOU to participate!

During Financial Literacy Month, and especially during this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we are committed to helping our Iowa Insurance Division team and their families plan for their financial future and find ways to pay for college. The National Financial Bee provides an opportunity for students to have some fun and learn critical financial concepts — all from the comfort of home while social distancing!

The five-day challenge was created by social impact education innovator EVERFI, our partner in financial education. Each daily lesson covers important financial topics covering everything from savings, investing, income, debt and more. After completing the lessons, students submit a short capstone essay in which they share their biggest financial dream and outline a plan for how to get there. Three winners of the National Financial Bee will receive up to $10,000 in college scholarships.

How It Works

Students can participate in just 3 easy steps:

  1. Visit the National Financial Bee website
  2. Complete the 5 lessons (~10 minutes each)
  3. Submit a short essay on your biggest financial dream and how you plan to achieve it by May 8th.

The National Financial be is open to all our Iowa Insurance Division employees, their immediate and extended families, and the communities we serve. We will be promoting the challenge across our social media channels and encourage you to re-share with friends and family.

Contests, Financial Literacy Tools

Classroom opportunity with Iowa JumpStart

Cache__BannerYou may have heard about the Cache! which is an online game for your classroom. It’s from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, it’s for Money Smart Week, it’s free to you – and there are prizes. Iowa teachers and students are eligible for the national prize as well as the Iowa JumpStart prize. It’s easy for your students to play, but you need to sign up by March 13 so they can access the site.

To participate:

  1. Teachers register and get details at this Money Smart link:
  2. Teachers get a code for their students to use – I will send an email to you.
  3. Students use any mobile device or computer to maneuver Ben Franklin through some 21st century financial hurdles and get him to the “portal” to answer the personal finance questions.
  4. Teachers can use Cache! as a fun activity or in conjunction with teaching a personal finance lesson.
  5. Students can play as many times as they wish from March 30 to May 5, 2020.
  6. Cache covers seven topics students should understand – credit scores, identity theft, car loans, student loans, debit vs. credit, paychecks and budgeting.

If you have questions, you can email

Thanks for teaching financial education in your classroom!