Vermont Jump$tart names Courtney Poquette 2017 Financial Literacy Champion

 High School Business teacher to be recognized for her passion in education!


The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy will recognize Courtney Poquette as their 2017 Financial Literacy Champion. The award recognizes leadership and outstanding innovation and achievement in the effort to advance the financial literacy of Vermont youth. The honor comes with a $1,000 cash award.

“As a High School Business Teacher with a passion for engaging education, financial literacy, entrepreneurial ventures, Dale Carnegie, leadership & investing, Courtney embodies the mission of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition” said Judy Ribolini, Jump$tart President. 

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2017 Save the Date (click at left for info)

Again this year our annual conference will be held at the Davis Center at the University of Vermont. As plans are formulated and the program finalized, check back for more information! Mark your calendar now!


National Educator’s Conference – November 3-5, 2017 – Washington, DC

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12 Principles – Financial Literacy from January to December

Click here for more information on this exciting new initiative from National JumpStart!



Audience: Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, High School School Principals, Technical School Directors, and High School Educators 

APPLY NOW – COST OF PROGRAM IS FREE (includes 3 graduate degree course credits and room & board if more than 40 miles away). Accepted educators will receive 100% scholarship award. Apply now.

Graduate course is being offered June 26-30, 2017 at Champlain College.  This year’s Institute is exclusively for Vermont high school educators. Teachers who complete the training will have the confidence, skills and curriculum tools to successfully bring financial literacy topics into their classrooms. The Center’s 2011-2013 Sumer Institutes have already trained 97 Vermont educators.  The program has been recognized by the White House, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the FDIC and by President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.  The Summer Institute has also been the subject of two studies showing the impact of the instruction (Research Report and Prepped for Success)On-line applications will be accepted until May 12, 2017.  There are only 25 spots available in 2017.  For complete information and to apply, click here.

Contact:  John Pelletier at 802-860-2744 or cfl@champlain.edu


5th Annual Golf Tournament a Success!

August 2nd was beautiful summer day in Vermont where 28 golfers met at Montague Golf Course in Randolph, Vermont for the annual golf tournament to raise funds for financial literacy in Vermont.  For the past five years, this event has raised over $25,000. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all participants that played!



Congratulations to Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge Winner, Essex High School!

Essex HSIt came down to the wire. Following more than 17 rounds of head-to-head competition, Essex High School emerged as the winner over Mount Mansfield Union High School to win the championship of the 2016 Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge. MMU finished second. The day-long competition tests student knowledge in personal finance and economics. This was the eighth year for the statewide high school tournament directed by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office.

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Vermont Jump$tart—Advocating for Financial Literacy Since 2004

Members of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition are proud to say we have advocated for financial literacy for our youth since 2004. With only a small group of dedicated volunteers, most of whom work full-time, we have worked to inform and educate teachers, parents, and students about how to manage money responsibly. We also have served as a valuable resource for low-cost and free educational materials.

Thank you to our many partners, supporters, and friends who continue to work with us to press the case for the  importance of financial literacy in our schools. We are thrilled to see more and more schools add financial literacy to their courses of study, and some have even made financial literacy a graduation requirement.  How exciting it is to see this kind of progress!

If you wish to learn more about Vermont Jump$tart or wish to join us, please email or call us and leave a message. A member of our Board of Directors will respond to your inquiries.