J$ partners were invited to share financial education with twenty-five youth workers volunteering with the Gardere Initiative Summer Program. Topics included: spending and budgeting, credit, credit cards, and credit report and score, banking basics, managing your paycheck and purchasing an auto. Thank you to Reginald Brown, Gardere Initiative Coordinator and to our J$ partner presenters, Blaine Grimes, Campus Federal, Jessica Sharon, Pelican State Credit Union, Phyllis Phillips, MidCity Redevelopment Alliance, and Brandon Kelly, HOME Bank.
The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition Boot Camp planning team is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) to bring Louisiana educators a day of professional development training in two locations, Alexandria and Baton Rouge.
Alexandria, LSUA Student Union, Brumfield Ballroom, Friday, September 14th
Baton Rouge, EBRPSD Professional Development Center, Friday, October 5th
NGPF, a non-profit based in California, is driven by its mission to support the financial well-being of America’s students. Its free high school personal finance curriculum features engaging classroom resources to facilitate lifelong money habits among students. In addition to coordinating professional development events for teachers nationwide, NGPF also strives to create a space for financial education innovation. Its blog posts, podcasts, webinars and much, much more deliver relevant content to educators far beyond its headquarters in Palo Alto.
On April 19, 2018, Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition gave 60 Scotlandville Magnet High School students an unforgettable educational experience. These students participated in the Louisiana Jump$tart Financial $marts Mad City Money Simulation thanks to the efforts of their magnet lead teacher Dr. Cynthia Weber, Assistant Principal Paul Jackson, Principal Tiffany Quiett and Jump$tart’s school board system partner Marlon Cousin.
Scotlandville High seniors took on a new life, created by Jump$tart’s Mad City Money Simulation. With careers, spouses and even a list of children in hand, these students walked through an hour-long simulation that gave them real life scenarios on financial decision making. Students visited 10 different tables and completed their choice of items to fill in their budget including housing, transportation, groceries and dining, home goods, clothing, child care, the mall, entertainment and a financial institution to assist with making sound financial decisions.
As the simulation progressed, the students could be heard saying they didn’t realize how expensive it is to buy a house, car or even groceries. They began to understand why their parents denied them more expensive things sometimes. This exercise opened many students’ eyes to the reality faced by adults every day. The simulation was capped off by a group discussion on how real world expenses can affect the student’s decisions to continue their education at college or technical school.