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The California Jump$tart Coalition (CAJump$tart) will continue to provide information and resources to the community during these uncertain times. One thing that is certain, is the dedication and commitment of the volunteer leadership and staff that continue to support financial literacy in California. CAJump$tart is open for business, but our staff is working remotely in compliance with Governor Newsom’s orders. Although we hope not, you may experience a slower response over the next few weeks. For optimum service and to increase clarity for our staff and board, an email in place of a call is optimum. Contact us with any questions.


Over 1,550 organizations across the United States and military-affiliated groups around the world are promoting personal savings and encouraging Americans to assess their savings status from February 26-March 3, 2018 as part of America Saves Week.

“The secret to saving successfully is surprisingly simple,” said Madeline Daniels, spokesperson for America Saves. “People with a plan to save are twice as likely to save successfully. Whether you are saving for a rainy day, your retirement, education, or another goal, America Saves Week is the perfect opportunity to set your savings goal, make a plan, and learn how to save the most effective way—automatically.”


2019 was a mixed year, both celebration and sorrow, with the passing of our Chair, Laurie Mitchell. We recognized her life and many contributions to our organization at a dinner on December 13, which was also the 20th Anniversary of the founding of California Jump$tart, (which we also celebrated). Among our guests were Dara Dugay, the founder of the Jump$tart Coalition nationally, Stan Breitbard, the founder of the California Jump$tart Coalition, many ex-Board members, and past partners.

We’ve made great progress in our 20 years as a coalition. But, we have more to do for California’s youth. As a non-profit, all volunteer organization, we need volunteers, especially from the education field and business community, to help teach teachers about money.


Thank you for supporting our financial literacy mission throughout 2019. We are looking forward to making 2020 a #FINLIT year!


The holidays are a great time to pause and reflect on the past, and make plans for the future. And what better gift can you give yourself than getting your own financial house in order? What a joy not to worry about money and to go into 2020 stress-free!

In the spirit of the holidays please consider making a contribution to California Jump$tart in support of our mission, “to improve the quality of life in California by teaching young people how to succeed with money, including organization, earning, spending, saving, investing and credit.” After all, today is #GivingTuesday :)


As we enter November, a time for reflection and gratitude, California Jump$tart also has much to remember and be thankful for.

October was wonderfully productive with efforts to advance financial literacy. We partnered with the Orange County Office of Education in two days of teacher personal finance education. Our partner, CCEE, held their national conference in Los Angeles, bringing together educators and advocates to learn and discuss innovative and effective ways to incorporate personal finance in K-12 classrooms. Another partner, Next Gen Personal Finance, launched new educational tools for teachers. Project Groundswell continues to grow, involving parents and community advocates in an effort to expand personal finance education to all schools.

By Rebecca I. Gallagher - Board of Directors, California Jump$tart Coalition

CA Jump$tart’s most recent offering of our Financial Foundations for Educators (FFE) training was an invitation from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, to bring the program back to teachers in LACOE’s service area, after our first FFE in 2018.

This June, the offering was well received by the group of about 50 teachers (new and veteran) who attended the two-day workshop. Read on to enjoy the enthusiastic comments made by attendees on our FFE segments.

By Andrea Ferrero,

Financial Literacy Day was celebrated on June 26th on Capitol Hill. Students, educators, finance education leaders, and policy makers came together to discuss the future of financial education. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) kicked off the event sharing that “Financial literacy is important for today, tomorrow, and all our futures.” The energy of that message resonated through the afternoon as everyone explored the tremendous potential of finance education to spark change and transform lives.

As a board member of the California Jump$tart and the Executive Director of Pockets Change, I was drawn to the sense of collaboration. From students sharing the impact of finance education in their lives to organizations discussing how we can all advocate for greater access and application of resources, everyone shared that financial literacy impacts much more than our wallets. We change lives when we work together to build financial literacy and financial resilience.

Celebrating JumpStart Coalition Capitol

Celebrating Jump$tart Coalition’s impact across the country! Laura Levine CEO and President of National Jump$tart, Bill Cheeks Jump$tart Eastern States Regional Director, President ABBA Associates Inc., Executive Director of Coalition to improve Credit Education, and Andrea Ferrero California Jump$tart board member and Executive Director of Pockets Change

Los Angeles Unified has announced plans to partner with the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and City National Bank to provide high school seniors and families greater access to financial literacy education. CCEE will provide free financial literacy workshops for LAUSD students and their families, thanks to a generous donation from CCEE Board Member, John Nickoll and the Nickoll Family Foundation. The workshops will complement a digital interactive tool from City National Bank that high school seniors can use to learn personal finance in the classroom. Lessons for both programs include how to apply for financial aid, establish credit, invest wisely and more.


Kathie Blanchette, VP of Education, Junior Achievement of Northern California (925) 465-1073 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Empowering Local Students with Financial Literacy Education

JA Finance Park Mobile
February 19 - March 1, 2019, Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Junior Achievement of Northern California organizes hands-on financial literacy learning experiences for youth in 23 counties.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Luther Burbank Savings is pleased to present the JA Finance Park® Mobile to the students of Sonoma County. Produced by Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern California, the JA Finance Park provides an innovative and interactive environment for middle school and high school students to learn personal finance literacy skills and some of the basic economics of life for the 21st century.

Underwritten by Luther Burbank Corporation Foundation and staffed by more than 70 Luther Burbank Savings employees, JA Finance Park Mobile will welcome over 1,200 students during nine days this month. Upon arrival, enrolled students will find multiple dynamic storefronts and kiosks where they will be able to engage with educational tools to gain an understanding of managing money effectively and efficiently through a variety of everyday scenarios.

To be eligible to visit the JA Finance Park, students will have completed 13 hours of class-led coursework. Junior Achievement provides the curriculum and works with teachers committed to helping their students achieve financial literacy.