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America's High School Students are Invited to Take The Challenge!

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October 28, 2008 - The President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy has recommended that the U.S. Department of the Treasury reprise the National Financial Literacy Challenge in Fall of 2008. The Challenge is a voluntary 35-question test that high school students can take to earn recognition for their financial knowledge.  The Fall Challenge will run from November 3 - 26, 2008.

Financial 'Genderalizations': Money and the Sexes

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October 17, 2008 - (An opinion from CAJump$tart Advisory Group member Elisabeth Donati, Founder of Creative Wealth International)  - Three years ago we started offering our Camp Millionaire (formerly The Money Camp) to girls-only in addition to our coed programs. This past summer (2008) we also tried our hand at boys-only. Boy, what a difference a gender makes, no pun intended.

I have done a tremendous amount of reading and research and as much observation with regard to money and gender; specifically, the difference in how women and men 'look' at money and what it means to each of us. Pretty interesting stuff.  I thought perhaps you'd find it interesting as well. I'm going to talk about kids first and then I'll talk about adults (us big kids).

Talking Your Kids Through the Financial Crisis

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October 2, 2008 -- (An opinion from CAJump$tart Advisory Group member Lori Mackey, Founder Prosperity4Kids, Inc.) -- How you talk to your kids about the financial crisis depends on how it is personally affecting your family. Children do not have enough knowledge about money and the financial crisis to understand what is going on. This is a complicated issue for the majority of kids and they will have a hard time understanding. However, no matter what your child knows, take this time to assure your children that you are there to protect and take care of them. Children did not create the problem adults did. The lesson for parents is to take this time to start teaching your children differently when it comes to money!