The Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition is here to promote the need for financial education throughout the commonwealth. Its members and partners, provide teacher trainings, symposiums, conferences, student assistance and create special events for consumers throughout the commonwealth.
Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.
First convened on a national level in December 1995, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy determined that the average student who graduates from high school lacks basic skills in the management of personal financial affairs. Many are unable to balance a checkbook and most simply have no insight into the basic survival principles involved with earning, spending, saving and investing.
“Many young people fail in the management of their initial consumer credit experiences, establish bad financial management habits and stumble through their lives learning by trial and error. The Coalition’s direct objective is to encourage curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience. The wheels of education do not need to be reinvented, they simply require balance.”
` – Washington Jump$tart Coalition, 2009
Essentially, Jump$tart provides financial smarts for students.