Michigan Jump$tart Coalition

The Michigan Jump$tart Coalition's aim is to improve personal financial literacy for Michigan's children and youth! Like the National JumpStart Coalition, we endeavor to increase the prominence of personal literacy in children and youth (grades k-12) and to promote the teaching of personal finance. The Michigan Coalition is compromised of more then 30 public, private and non-profit organizations.

You can become a FRIEND of the Michigan Jump$tart Coalition by contributing a minimum of $100 in cash or in-kind services.  To explore other ways you can contribute, click the Sponsor/Donate button above.  To view the FRIENDS list, click here.


MoneySmart Week is April 5, 2014 - April 12, 2014

There are 300 events throughout Michigan.  Find an event near you, click here


2013 Michigan Jump$tart Educator Conference - December 11, 2013 - Presentation and Resources Available!

Thank you to all participants for making the 9th annual Michigan Jump$tart Educator Conference a success! This informative one-day event was proudly sponsored by Ford Motor Credit Company, State Farm, and The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch.  

To view presentations and resources, click here.




Budgeting:  Back-to-School




Money as You Learn

Money as You Learn offers educators tools to integrate personal finance into the teaching of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts, as well as into other classes and after-school programs.




U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (North Carolina) plans to reintroduce her financial literacy bill.





Old Newsletters Now Available for Viewing


Newsletters published via Constant Contact can now be viewed from this site.  Click on the About Jump$tart button, select Newletters, and choose the date of interest.,


Michigan Jump$tart Coalition Honors its 2013 Bookmark Contest Winners




Michigan Jump$tart Coalition Announces its 2013 Junior Ambassador Contest Winners




Young Americans Center for Financial Education  




Senate Resolution 28 Designates April 2013 as Michigan Financial Literacy Month


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Money$mart Week®  Scavenger Hunt     ...contest with prizes...


The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week announces the start of the Money Smart Hunt, a free, nationwide, photojournalistic, scavenger hunt promoting financial literacy. The Money Smart Hunt is running now through Saturday, April 27.  Read More >>


President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report


Helping young Americans build strong financial knowledge, skills, and habits will serve them well over their lives and promote sounder and more stable household economies. This is one of several findings the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability (Council) included in its final report to President Obama, which was delivered through the Department of the Treasury.                   Read More >>



    The LIFE Foundation

Among their FREE offerings is Next Generation, a high school education program focused  on insurance and financial planning basics. Read More >>

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Spotlight on Keynote Speaker  . . . . Julie Heath


Michigan JumpStart is excited to have Dr. Julie Heath, Director of the Economic Center at the University of Cincinnati, as our keynote speaker at our annual Educator Conference on December 11, 2013.  Dr. Heath has researched and published extensively in the area of economic education.  She recently served as an academic advisor to the Presidential Council on Financial Capability in the creation of Money As You Learn, the U.S. government's website to help educators integrate personal finance education into Common Core subjects.  While at the University of Memphis, she created $mart Tennessee, a K-8 personal finance curriculum taught in over 500 schools.

Making a Difference . . . . FEATURING Lynn Ryan 


Our coalition has benefited tremendously from the generous dedication of this fine lady. She has taken charge of the Junior Ambassador Contest for several years. Through this effort, middle school students have demonstrated their understanding of various personal finance topics.

In addition, Lynn has chaired our Money$mart Library book committee. The Michigan Jump$tart Coalition has presented nearly two dozen collections of personal finance-related books in schools across the state. Few people understand the commitment that such a library requires. Just think . . . making school contacts, setting a presentation date, ordering & securing the books, creating, printing and pasting the donor labels in the books, THEN organizing instructions for volunteer presenters, creating and printing certificates for the recipient schools AND finally, presenting the donated library!

Lynn is a consultant and co-owner of Harmony Financial Network and has spent many years in the field with students from 3 year old through adults teaching financial literacy in schools and the non-profit world. Lynn is a former elementary teacher and account executive in the business world.

Need we say more? She’s a gem and deserves to be recognized and Jump$tart is grateful to have her as part of our team! Thanks Lynn for all you do to promote financial literacy in our state.

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