There are many ways in which organizations and individuals can promote financial education in Maine and get involved with Maine Jump$tart. As a grassroots organization, we encourage you to begin by supporting your local community. Here are just a few ways that you can make a difference:
Support the Coalition: The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a charitable 501(c)3, non-profit organization. As such, in-kind donations, such as the printing of promotional materials or hosting of meetings and events, are greatly appreciated. The Coalition also welcomes monetary contributions.
Financial Institutions: Volunteer to work with a local school or district to provide classroom presentations or teacher support. Volunteer at a Maine Jump$tart event, or sponsor a financial education initiative. We also encourage you to share your financial education resources at our annual Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference.
Educators: Our primary mission is to support Maine educators and we encourage you to visit our training page to learn more about training and professional development opportunities offered through Maine Jump$tart. In Maine, personal finance and economics is required by the Maine Learning Standards and there are a number of schools in Maine that have established personal finance courses and graduation requirements. For more resources, visit the Maine Financial Education Clearinghouse or the National Jump$tart Clearinghouse. The National Jump$tart Coalition has also developed National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.
Policymakers: Integrating financial education throughout the K-12 experience is critical to ensuring the future success of Maine people, therefore, advocacy is an important part of our work. The CFPB recently published a guide for policymakers, Advancing K-12 Financial Education: A Guide for Policymakers and the National Jump$tart Coalition publishes annually their policy resource, Making the Case for Financial Literacy.
Parents: Begin teaching your child about personal finance at a young age and continually reinforce these skills. Contact your child’s school to learn about financial education offerings at their schools. Check out these links or the Clearinghouse for more ideas on teaching your child about personal finance.
If your organization or you as an individual are actively engaged in promoting personal financial literacy among youth, we invite you to contact us. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.