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 dedicated to increasing the prominence of personal literacy in children and youth (grades k-12) and to promote the teaching of personal finance. The Michigan Coalition (a non-profit volunteer organization), is compromised of more then 30 public, private and non-profit organizations. 


2014 Michigan Jump$tart Educator Conference - December 10, 2014 - Save the Date!

This informative one-day event is proudly sponsored by Ford Motor Credit Company, State Farm, and The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch.  

For information and to register, click here



Seeking Administrative Assistant/Program Manager

July 18, 2014

The Michigan Jump$tart Coalition is looking for a motivated individual who resides in Michigan to fill a part-time, telecommuting position requiring a maximum of 20 hours per month with compensation based upon experience. The primary responsibilities will be to help plan and execute our annual educator conference and other coalition events; assist with communications, including our newsletter and website; and perform administrative duties. Contact: info.mijumpstart@gmail.com


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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