n order to have a successful organization, a nonprofit needs board members who are engaged, inspired, and understand how to help. California Jump$tart is fortunate to have exactly just that in their all-volunteer Board of Directors! In an effort to showcase these talented individuals that help drive our mission we've asked them the following question, "Why are you passionate about financial literacy?". Going forward we'll begin highlighting board members in future newsletters!
Launched 2/22/21 (first day of spring semester) | Report for California Jump$tart Board Meeting 3/10/21
Why the MMMC?
Research has shown that students with perceived financial burdens are significantly more likely to reduce their course load and/or drop out of college. Our goal is to help students stay in college and move towards their career goals. We are doing this by providing resources to help students manage their money and also connect them to additional Mt. SAC support resources.
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.