Minnesota Jump$tart Awards Two Scholarships to Attend Annual Jump$tart Conference

Minnesota Jump$tart is extremely proud to announce that it has awarded scholarships two scholarships to attend the annual Jump$tart Teacher’s Conference to two Minnesota teachers.  Recipients of the scholarships this year are Kyle Paulson from Rosemount High School and Kim DeLong from Murray County Central.

Kyle Paulson teaches Personal Money Management to approximately 250 students in grades 9-12 at Rosemount High School.  In the Personal Money Management class, Kyle helps his students work through personal finance concepts including, but not limited to Career Exploration, Budgeting / Checkbook Registry (if that isn’t a dying art), Personal Income Taxes, Banking, Insurance and Credit / Debt Management.

Kyle is looking to build on the creativity that he brings to the classroom through activities including guest speakers, field trips and simulations and is hopeful that the Jump$tart Conference will provide him with additional resources.  Kyle is hoping to better his understanding other resources are available, network with finance professionals and other teachers and further his knowledge and understanding in areas where my students struggle most (credit, and budgeting).  In addition, Kyle hopes to learn about new materials, simulations and projects that can be used in the classroom to further engage students.

Kim DeLong teaches a variety of courses including Personal Finance, Business Economics, Senior Transitions, Business Management and yearbook at Murray County Central that incorporate elements of personal finance.  Through this wide assortment of classes, Kim has been able to introduce concepts such as saving, budgeting, credit / debt, supply and demand, markets, taxes, entrepreneurship and business operations to her students.  Kim has even taught her Yearbook students to treat the creation of the annual yearbook as a business, including selling ads to raise revenue, thinking through creative solutions to be able to offer the yearbook at the lowest possible price while ensuring the overall project at least breaks even.

Looking ahead to the Jump$tart Conference, Kim is excited to meet representatives that are promoting and providing curriculum, as well as to have the opportunity to get hands on experience with a variety of resources before introducing new material to students.  Kim is also hopeful that attendance will provide her with additional resources to pursue her ultimate goal, which is to have her district require personal finance as a graduation requirement. Financial literacy is not discussed in every home.

We hope that attendance at the conference will meet both Kyle and Kim’s expectations and that they will be better equipped as they continue to do their great work in their respective classrooms.

Free Professional Development Workshop for Educators Teaching Personal Finance on November 29!


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Through the help of a grant from NextGen Personal Finance, the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition will be hosting a FREE one-day professional development workshop on November 29 for educators teaching personal finance, or educators wanting to incorporate personal finance into their curriculum. FACS, business and other teachers are invited to join us!

Staff from NextGen will be using this time to facilitate a FinCamp, which includes content to grow your knowledge, lesson plan ideas and resources, collaboration with other educators to share best practices, and customized recommendations based on individual classroom and student needs.

Learn more about the great things to expect from a FinCamp by watching this video and register here!


Date: November 29, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: MN Department of Education, 1500 MN-36, Roseville, MN 55113

What to bring: Your laptop, energy, and ideas!

If you’re looking for ways to freshen up your personal-finance curriculum, or need the right resources and ideas to bring critical personal-finance lessons into your classroom, this is the workshop for you.

Door prizes will be given away throughout the day, including resources for students and the classroom, and exhibitors will be set up for you to learn even more about various free personal-finance content and curriculum.

Participants will earn a $150 stipend for attending to help with substitute teacher or other costs. The registration is limited to 80 educators, so register now!

Register now! Need more info or have questions? Contact Laura at laura@nextgenpersonalfinance.org. We look forward to seeing you on November 29!

Your Money, Your Goals Financial Empowerment Session Coming Soon


The University of Minnesota Extension is offering training sessions In October that will provide financial empowerment trainers, case managers and other frontline staff with the following:

  • An orientation to Your Money, Your Goals, a toolkit created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), for social services programs;
  • The tools, knowledge and confidence to help your constituency meet their financial goals by increasing their knowledge, skills, and resources.
  • Two levels of trainings are offered – for those who are not familiar with the “Your Money, Your Goals” (new trainers), as well as, for those who are familiar with the Toolkit (returning trainers).

Topics covered during this session will include:

  • Financial empowerment assessment
  • Starting the conversation
  • Emotions, values, culture, and money decisions
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • Savings for emergencies, bills, and goals
  • Tracking and managing income and benefits
  • Paying bills and other expenses
  • Getting through the month — managing cash flow
  • Credit and debt
  • Consumer protection
  • Financial products, services, and providers

If you or someone you know would be interested in attending this great learning event, registration information for in-person training sessions can be found at YMYG In-Person Training and for webinar trainings information can be found at YMYG Webinar. In person sites will have a $15.00 fee that will cover refreshments and lunch. Participants will receive a FREE toolkit and a certificate of attendance.

CFPB’s “Your Money, Your Goals” Brought to You by the U of M



The U of M Extension is offering a training on Your Money, Your Goals programming through the CFPB.

Join the University of Minnesota Extension for an in-person or virtual webinar training to learn more about the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The toolkit provides resources and programming educators and financial education facilitators can implement to help their students better understand and work through their financial situation and goals. Learn more about and sign up for the training sessions here. You can also access the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit here.”

In summary:

What: In-person & webinar trainings on Your Money, Your Goals (YMYG), a financial empowerment toolkit

Who: Social service staff, case managers, frontline staff/trainers, direct service providers, and others who provide financial education, coaching and/or mentoring

Why: The toolkit will assist you, as a financial empowerment provider, as you offer high quality, unbiased financial information, education and tools to individuals and families to become financially empowered.  The YMYG Toolkit was created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The training sessions and webinars will be delivered by Extension Educators from the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development.

When/Where: 7 sites + 4 webinars will be held during September & October 2017.  Dates and locations can be found on this web page.


Jump$tart’s National Educator Conference is Fast Approaching!


Jump$tart’s annual National Educator Conference is fast approaching.  Click this link to learn more about this great event.

The Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition is seeking scholarship applications to sponsor two Minnesota PreK-12 classroom teachers to attend the sixth annual Jump$tart National conference giving educators from all over the US the opportunity to network with colleagues, attend informative workshops, learn about educational resources and meet leaders from finance and education. This year’s event will take place November 3-5, 2017 at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.

The scholarship covers the entire conference fee (which includes hotel accommodations for two nights and all conference meals). Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.  See http://www.jumpstart.org/nec17 for full conference details.  Registration opens September 6, 2017.

Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. This is an opportunity for educators looking to learn more about teaching financial education.

Click this link or contact Minnesota Jump$tart at Minnesota.jumpstart@gmail.com for an application.  Once you’ve completed the application, return the completed application to Minnesota.jumpstart@gmail.com by Monday, September 11, 2017.  The two scholarship recipients will be notified by Sept. 19, 2017.

Good luck in your application!

Minnesota Jump$tart’s Partner Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest is Moving to St. Paul


Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) announced a campaign to move the organization’s headquarters from Maplewood to the more centrally located Midway neighborhood in St. Paul. The Let’s Build campaign will enable JAUM to double the number of students served by its on-site experiential programs from 17,000 to 34,000. The campaign will also grow the Junior Achievement Foundation of the Upper Midwest, providing the organization with funding to meet new demands for program expansion, operating needs, technology upgrades and the ability to continue providing our programs to local schools at little or no cost. JAUM has purchased an existing building at 1745 University Ave W. in St. Paul, which will be redesigned and refurbished to meet its specific needs. The building — named the Junior Achievement James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center — will house three premier learning labs: JAUM’s existing JA BizTown and JA Finance Park programs and the first-of-its-kind JA Innovation Incubator.

Students will have access to state-of-the-art technology, including a digital business start-up platform, and the opportunity to learn from local entrepreneurs. “Junior Achievement plays a vital role in the education of Saint Paul students,” said Mayor Coleman. “By bringing relevance to learning, helping to address the opportunity gap, and preparing kids for future success, Junior Achievement’s mission reflects the City of Saint Paul’s commitment to ensuring that all children have the tools they need to be successful both in and out of school. I am honored to welcome Junior Achievement to the City of Saint Paul.” The campaign is led by a $4 million gift by retail industry entrepreneur Jim Hemak and his wife Pat, along with more than $1 million donated by the JAUM Board of Directors. The campaign has received support from businesses and city leaders in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. Students from throughout the metro area, as well as from Greater Minnesota, will benefit from the programs housed in the new facility. The urban location and proximity to light-rail and bus transportation make the new facility more convenient for students during in-school and after-school programs.

To date, more than $11 million of the total $20 million has been raised by private donations. The campaign, now in the public phase, will continue to accept gifts of any amount. Gifts can be made in support of the building or directed to the foundation. There are also limited opportunities for sponsorship of the various shops that comprise the two learning labs (JA BizTown and JA Finance Park). “As we’ve experienced continued growth in our on-site programs, we needed to find a larger home that was more convenient to schools and students. We were fortunate to find a central location that can accommodate our needs and future growth,” said Gina Blayney, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest President & CEO.

To learn more about the Let’s Build campaign, or to make a secure online donation, visit letsbuild.jaum.org.

BestPrep Hosts Annual Luncheon Event

Members of Minnesota Jump$tart were in attendance at the Annual BestPrep Luncheon.  The event was held on May 23 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis to honor top educators and volunteers. Over 540 guests attended the event, which was highlighted by a keynote address from Xcel Energy Chairman, President, and CEO Ben Fowke. He spoke on how to energize the future generation of leaders.