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Northern and Southern Californians Receive “Outstanding Educator” and “Leadership” Awards April 23 for Work in Personal Finance Education


Los Angeles, April 22, 2009 -- The California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is recognizing 2 teachers from Los Angeles and the East Bay for their work bringing personal finance education into their classrooms. The “Outstanding Educator” Awards, sponsored through a grant from Citi, will be given during the California Jump$tart Coalition Semi-annual Financial Literacy Meeting April 23 at the California Coast Credit Union in San Diego. In addition, a Northern California community leader will receive the “Leadership Award” for his initiatives in youth financial literacy.

“Our children and young adults must learn about money to succeed in this challenging and complex world,” says Karen Anderson, Chair of the California Jump$tart Coalition, “ so it’s encouraging to see teachers and community leaders developing innovative ways to bring this learning to our youth”. California schools do not require education on money management topics such as using credit, saving, budgeting and investing.

The schools and educators being recognized are:

  • CHUCK CURRIER from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach
  • MARTIN SANTIAGO from Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg



josh-shippthe guy they trust with their biggest problems.

His name is Josh Shipp and he's sweeping the country dishing out advice with an attitude on his popular video podcast at . Now he’s coming to San Diego next weekend!

On Saturday, October 3, 2009, the California Jumpstart Coalition has invited the nationally acclaimed youth motivational speaker, Josh Shipp, to speak at its fourth annual Financial Fitness Fair to be held at Junior Achievement of San Diego in Mission Gorge.

This modern, self-help guru can be found dispensing his own brand of wit and wisdom in cyberspace, in books, at conferences, and to packed audiences of appreciative students in high school auditoriums across the country. Listen to him for just a few minutes and you will get it, too. Josh offers up a healthy dose of what he calls “advice with an attitude.” He counsels teenagers on everything they care about and it’s all done in a youth-friendly, humorous tone that is more hilarious survival guide than preachy sermon. Simply put teens totally get Josh Shipp.

Each year Josh Shipp travels the country speaking to over 100,000 teens sending a message that boosts the self esteem and promotes a positive outlook on life. Using modern day communication vehicles such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, podcasts, ebooks, websites and blogs, Josh continues to engage his audience, even after he’s left the building. His newest venture, the “Hey Josh” video podcast is exploding onto the scene and tens of thousands of teenagers worldwide are tuning in each week.

Treasury and Education Recognize High Scoring Students in National Financial Capability Challenge: Average Score 70 Percent among 76,000 Participating Students in All 50 States

WASHINGTON -- Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Department of Education recognized high scoring students in the National Financial Capability Challenge. The Challenge, which was unveiled in December 2009 by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States. To honor the outstanding achievement of many of the participating students, Treasury and Education hosted an event at the Treasury in which select students in the top scoring bracket were recognized by Secretaries Geithner and Duncan.

This award, given by the national Jump$tart Coalition, is in recognition of our work across many areas of financial education and literacy in California. It is a great tribute to all of you who have worked toward our goal, not just this year, but for the many years that lead to this point. We will be receiving the award in Washington D.C. on April 14th at the Annual Jump$tart Coalition Awards dinner. We've done a lot of important work over our 12+ years, set standards for other coalitions and had model leaders of our organization. Thanks to everyone who has played a part in our success and this recognition.

 - The Board of the California Jump$tart Coalition

Meetings in Northern and Southern California

Northern California Meeting:  
San Francisco Federal Reserve 
May 4th from 2pm to 5:30pm 

Southern California Meeting: 
Orange County Credit Union
May 18th from 9am to 1pm 

It's time to register for the upcoming California Jump$tart Member Meetings. At the meeting, you will be able to learn about financial literacy funding from a panel of donors and recipients as well as network with other advocates.
Dorothy Lerma - Passionate advocate for financial education

We're sad to share news of Dorothy's death in late December. She was a long-time advocate for personal financial literacy in California and a recipient of our California Jump$tart Leadership award in 2008. Dorothy was a major force in the success of CASDRAP and and taught financial education across San Diego County, including Camp Pendleton. Our warmest condolences go out to her family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to, c/o Mary Snyder, P.O. Box 2855, Ramona, CA 92065.
McKinleyville and Tarzana High School Educators Receive Awards from California Jump$tart Coalition

February 10, 2010 - The California Jump$tart Coalition is pleased to announce the winners of its Financial Literacy Educator Awards.  Greg Delahoussaye, of the Economics and Social Sciences Department at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies in Southern California and Diane Howard, Chair of the Career Technical Education Department at McKinleyville High School in Northern California are being recognized for their work in bringing financial education to their students. Both educators have further distinguished themselves with their efforts to work with teens outside the classroom and bring community resources into the school to teach about wise use of money, setting goals, and building careers.

“Our children and young adults must learn about money to succeed in this challenging and complex world,” says Karen Anderson, Chair of the California Jump$tart Coalition, “ so it’s encouraging to have teachers developing innovative ways to teach to our youth”.  California schools do not require education on money management topics such as using credit, saving, budgeting and investing.

Both educators were nominated by members of the California financial community and selected by the Board of California Jump$tart to receive recognition and $2500 awards, which are generously sponsored by Citi, to their schools' financial education efforts.
December 30, 2009 - (by Dana Parsons, Los Angeles Times)

Kelsey Steinke thought of herself as a fairly bright college student -- except when it came to managing personal finances.  "I knew very little," she said. "Not much at all."  Compared to some of her peers, however, she was a downright prodigy. "I mean, there are some girls who don't know how to do laundry," she said. "If they can't do their laundry, how can they handle their finances?" 

That less-than-kind reality, coupled with a troubled economy that has frightened both novices and experts, has spurred renewed interest in teaching financial literacy to high school and college-age and younger students.

WASHINGTON DC, December 15, 2009 - Embarking on a new partnership between the agencies, U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan met today with students, educators and community leaders to promote strengthened financial capability among the nation's youth. They outlined the first step in this effort, the National Financial Capability Challenge, a national award program that aims to encourage financial education in schools across the country and recognize high-performing teachers, students, and schools.

Informing this focus on youth are findings from a new national financial capability survey released today that measures financial capability levels among U.S. adults. Commissioned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and developed in consultation with Treasury and the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, the survey shows that young adults display much lower financial literacy than older generations. In addition, the findings on financial behaviors highlight the need to ensure that the next generation starts taking steps now to secure their financial futures.

During America Saves Week, individuals will be encouraged and assisted to assess their savings progress and take action to advance this progress. This encouragement and assistance will be provided by organizations and professionals with an interest in improving the financial security of individuals and families.

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