(Augusta) – The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy was recently recognized by the National Jump$tart Coalition as the 2014 State Coalition of the Year. The State Coalition of the Year Award was created to recognize the sound structure and management of the state coalition, its effectiveness and innovation in reaching, supporting, and assisting teachers, its public awareness activities, its effectiveness in carrying out Jump$tart’s State Coalition Common Strategy, and the level of participation and collaboration within the coalition itself.
Maine is the first state in Northeast to receive this important award. Mary Dyer, Maine Jump$tart President, will travel to Washington D.C., in April to attend the annual awards dinner and accept this recognition on behalf of Maine.
“This Award represents a team effort by volunteers throughout the State. The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization focused on improving the financial knowledge of Maine citizens, with a special focus on pre-K through college students, including adult learners. Working collaboratively, the Coalition seeks to increase awareness and provide training and support to Maine educators while also promoting educational resources and fostering communication among agencies and individuals who provide financial education to Maine families. Our members are individuals and organizations who recognize and support the lifetime benefits of personal financial education, including government agencies, financial institutions, corporations, teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, adult educators, not-for-profits, and parents and students. This is a significant honor and recognition of the efforts of so many involved in financial literacy in Maine,” Dyer explained.