Contests, Financial Literacy Tools

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge Kicks Off, Giving Participating High Schools Chance to Win $1,000

A partnership of educational organizations is providing an incentive for Iowa high schools to assess their students’ financial understanding. Schools have a chance at a cash prize by participating in the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge between now and Jan. 31, 2015. Iowa Student Loan® — in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa and the Iowa College Access Network — is sponsoring the challenge and providing a chance for schools to win $1,000 for their participation. Teachers who take part in the challenge can also cater activities to satisfy financial literacy requirements for the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills.

The challenge is intended to reward Iowa high school educators who promote critical financial literacy skills by using two online financial literacy tutorials in classrooms. High schools that register and have students experience Student Loan Game PlanSM and ROCI Reality Check by Jan. 31willbe entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of 30 cash prizes.

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Iowa Jump$tart Members Participate in Panel Discussion on Financial Literacy

FinancialLiteracyPanel2A panel of Iowa financial literacy and education experts, including members from Iowa Jump$tart, recently participated in a panel discussion on financial literacy during the Iowa Bankers Association’s Annual Convention in Des Moines. The panelists included Lincoln Hughes from EverFi, Kevin Klemesrud from American State Bank, Steve McCullough from Iowa Student Loan, Joanne Kuster from Kuster LTD, and Bob Mantell from TS Institute. The panelists discussed with Iowa bankers trends they are seeing in the areas of financial literacy and shared tips for implementing effective financial literacy programs. They also shared a number of tools and resources available to assist schools with financial literacy programs, including the EverFi technology platform, which is sponsored by more than 50 Iowa banks in more than 150 schools, Project Financial Literacy assessment tool, student debt calculators from Iowa Student Loan, opportunities available through Money Smart Week programs, and resources available from the TS Institute, an organization created by TS Bank to offer K-12 financial literacy programs.