Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth through advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. The coalition strives to equip youth with the tools necessary to make prudent and informed financial decisions.
First convened on a national level in December 1995, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy determined that the average student who graduates from high school lacks basic personal finance skills. Many are unable to balance a checkbook and lack knowledge regarding principles involved with earning, spending, saving and investing.
The Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition advocates the need for financial education throughout the commonwealth. Its members and partners provide teacher trainings, symposiums, conferences, student assistance, and special events for consumers throughout the commonwealth.
“Many young people fail in the management of their initial consumer credit experiences, establish bad financial management habits and stumble through their lives learning by trial and error. The Coalition’s direct objective is to encourage curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience. The wheels of education do not need to be reinvented, they simply require balance.”
` – Washington Jump$tart Coalition, 2009