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March 23, 2017 – Jump$tart Coalition’s Annual Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill

March 21, 2017 – Jump$tart Coalition to Honor PwC for Innovation in Financial Literacy

October 18, 2016 – Jump$tart National Educator Conference Supports Personal Finance Education in the Classroom

March 29, 2016 – Financial Literacy Organizations Take to the Hill

February 8, 2016 – Jump$tart Coalition Envisions a Financially Literate Future

February 1, 2016 – Jump$tart Coalition to Honor Two Leaders in Financial Literacy

December 1, 2015 – Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy Marks 20 Years Today

March 31, 2015 – Jump$tart Coalition Lights the Way for Financial Literacy Month 2015



August 21, 2014

“How to Teach Teens About Investing”  – Though the need for financial education is apparent, the best channel for providing it to students has yet to be decided. Journalist Brett Arends asks the audience, “How do you teach teenagers and young adults about the stock market?”  Some educators encourage young adults to learn by experimenting and investing in individual stocks, while others suggest they explore risk averse, low-cost index funds.  Larry Glazer, managing partner at Mayflower Advisors and state chairman of the nonprofit Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, promotes a hands-on approach to investing. “You’re not going to engage somebody by buying an index fund,” Glazer argues. Regardless of how you choose to teach about investing, it is important to highlight three stock market truths established by extensive research.  First and foremost, no one has been able to predict the stock market with consistency.  Next, few things are as risky to your wealth as the latest “growth” stock.  Lastly, investing is only really successful over a long period of time.



Massachusetts Jump$tart hosts Annual LifeSmarts Competition

The MA State Champions — Team Milton Strong from Milton High School pictured here with the MA Jump$tart Board of Directors and Bill Nagle from the MA Credit Union League!


LifeSmarts, an educational competition that tests middle and high school students nationally on real-life consumer issues, hosted its statewide competition on Tuesday, March 18. The winner of the Massachusetts competition, Milton High School, will advance to the 20th annual National LifeSmarts Championship, held in Orlando, Florida on April 26-29.

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. For two decades, the LifeSmarts program has taught the next generation to be savvy consumers. In 2013, a team from Milton High School advanced to the National LifeSmarts Championship in Atlanta, competing against more than 30 other state champion teams for the national title.

Link to the press release can be found here.



April to be Youth Financial Literacy Month        

April 3, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declares April to be Youth Financial Literacy Month in cooperation with the Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition.

In declaring Youth Financial Literacy Month, Governor Patrick recognizes the state-wide efforts and dedication of parents and educators to improve financial literacy in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Jump$tart is a statewide, all volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to improving the personal financial literacy of youth in Massachusetts. It is also a proud state affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Jump$tart Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., was first convened in 1995 and consists of over 200 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America’s youth.

Lawrence Glazer, Chairman of Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition and Managing Partner of Boston-based Mayflower Advisors, a wealth management firm, shares, “parents and educators are increasingly realizing that teaching our youth financial literacy is more important than ever.  Without the basic financial skills, they will not succeed.  Teachers incorporating financial skills into the classroom from K-12 will lead to high school graduates who can manage their finances and therefore contribute to the growing economy.”

“Making financial literacy a top priority in Massachusetts acknowledges the hard work of parents, educators, and community groups,” says Declan Sheehy, President of The Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition.  “We applaud the Governor for taking this bold step to recognize the importance of teaching our young people about financial literacy.”



October 15, 2012
The Berkshire Eagle
Economy Experts to Host Forum and Teach People How to Balance Their Budgets

July 30, 2012
WBUR 90.9
Are Most MA Residents Financially Literate?

June 19, 2012
New York Times
Debit Cards on Campus

April 30, 2012
Huffington Post
Closing the Gap in Economic Education: Financial Literacy Begins in the Classroom

April 18, 2012
Jump$tart National Conference, Washington, DC
Prepared Remarks by Richard Cordray before Jump$tart

Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

April 2011
Making the Case for Financial Literacy

May 24, 2009
Boston Globe
It’s time to rethink financial wisdom

March 15, 2009
Market Watch
Few states require personal-finance education – is it time for change?