In 2004, the U.S.Congress designated April as National Financial Literacy Month. Our joint goal this April is to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy education, especially now with the economic uncertainties following Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects throughout 2021. Yesterday, the White House released the following Proclamation on National Financial Capability Month. Most of our partners are promoting events and efforts this month (some below); we hope you participate and share.
Here in sunny California we haven’t had to endure the harsh winter storms that battered the rest of the country recently, and maybe that can explain the fresh approach to youth financial literacy happening in our state too. Our partners are getting creative and rolling out fun, innovative ways to engage young people just in time for spring. Whether it’s a Hip Hop Finance Festival or tax-time resources for younger kids, you’ll want to follow along!
"Barely over half of Americans are considered financially literate, yet it continues to be underwhelming in our school curriculums. I'm a high school student who’ll soon face the challenges of personal finances, and in this complex time, personal finance education is an issue of importance for the current generation. That’s why I’m providing this youth perspective as the Youth Advisor to the Board of California Jump$tart.
We're proud to be ending 2020 on a successful Financial Foundations for Educators (FFE) Program which took place on December 28 and 29. This two-day workshop (at no cost to educators) brought together over 30 Los Angeles area teachers in a virtual setting providing timely resources to incorporate age-appropriate lessons in the classroom. We're looking forward to scheduling several more throughout 2021.
In the theme of #GivingTuesday, (December 1, 2020) we'd like to ask that you please join us in making a donation on behalf of Jump$tart National. Your generosity furthers the work of making positive and impactful change in the lives of students and educators, globally.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we know full well how expensive the holidays can be...not to mention December has just started! According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), consumers plan to spend $998 on average on items such as gifts, food, decorations and other holiday-related purchases for themselves and their families.
Our all-volunteer California Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors welcomes two additions to our board! Visit our Board of Directors webpage to get to know our full list of volunteers striving to educate young people on the many aspects of fiscal responsibility, including prudent saving, earning, spending, and investing and credit practices.
We’re moving into the final months of 2020, and what a year it has been! Now that the newness of the school year has worn off, more teachers are looking for distance-friendly options to introduce personal finance education into their lesson plans.
Welcome back to school! While you may not be on campus, it’s still a busy time getting acclimated to the new school year – distance learning style. Although California doesn’t mandate personal finance education, we all agree our kids need these important skills for life. California Jump$tart’s goal is to see more teachers integrate personal finance lessons into their lesson plans this year.
The events of the last month have shown that great turmoil can lead to necessary growth and change. Parents and teachers have the important task of translating social issues into learning opportunities for our youth. California Jump$tart supports all educators who are teaching students to value diversity, equality and respect for all people.