NGPF Offering Educators Scholarships to Attend National Jump$tart Conference

Are you passionate about building financial capability and find yourself constantly brainstorming and conjuring up ways to bring personal finance education to more students? If so, we have an amazing professional development opportunity for you!

Next Gen Personal Finance is awarding 20 scholarships for classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH from November 3-5, 2018!

To apply for a scholarship, submit a response to the prompt below using the Jump$tart NEC Scholarship Application link.

Prompt: In 250 words or less, describe your specific plans to:
1. improve the quality of financial education provided in your classroom and/or
2. increase student access to financial literacy education in your community

NGPF Scholarship Details
• Submission Deadline: 11pm ET Friday, August 24, 2018
• The scholarship covers transport to/from Cleveland, OH, as well as conference registration and 2 nights accommodation
• To be eligible for an NGPF Jump$tart NEC Scholarship, applicants must:
o Be a current US middle school or high school personal finance teacher or teacher-educator
o Not have received an NGPF Jump$tart NEC Scholarship in the past 2 years
Questions? Reach out to Laura at

Annual Educator Conference – Nov 2, 2018

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Vermont School Administrators and Educators:

Please mark your calendars for the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition’s Annual Education Conference at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. The Conference will take place on Friday, November 2. You will learn how to incorporate Vermont’s recently adopted Jump$tart financial literacy standards into your curriculum.

Participants will earn 7 credits of continuing education/professional development.

REGISTRATION FEE: $45.00 per person includes all food and beverages, parking and handouts.

Click here to register today. Space is limited to 50 attendees.

The State of Vermont has adopted the National Jump$tart financial literacy standards. The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition wants to “Lighten Your Load” by hosting a one-day conference at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT.

Sessions will include an interdisciplinary approach to financial literacy and student-centered learning. Ed Camp will allow you to brainstorm amongst your peers. You will leave with new knowledge about how to teach your students about personal finance.

Contact: Amy Dickinson at; 802-229-0341

For additional information, please see the Save The Date flier here.

The National Jump$tart Coalition also hosts a November educator conference. Details are below!

National Educator Conference

Engage | Inspire | Appreciate
November 3-5, 2018
Hilton Cleveland Downtown

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Vermont Jump$tart Golf Tournament Registration Now Open

The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition and Vermont Bankers Association, Inc. are teaming up to hold the sixth annual golf tournament to raise funds to support youth financial literacy in Vermont. The fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, August 7 at the Montpelier Elks Country Club in Montpelier, Vermont. Teams are encouraged to participate!

You can access the registration form here. If you have questions, please email

Jump$tart Names Susan Ladd 2018 Financial Literacy Champion

Vermont Jump$tart names Susan Ladd 2018 Financial Literacy Champion

The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy has recognized Susan Ladd as its 2018 Financial Literacy Champion. The Susan Ladd photo for Jump$tartaward 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.

Susan Ladd is a former technical center business teacher who taught for 25 years in Vermont. During that time, she was an advisor for her very successful Future Business Leaders of America chapter as well as National Technical Honor Society. Additionally, she took on various business leadership roles and responsibilities which allowed her to travel and gain more leadership skills.   Financial literacy has been incorporated in her teaching, with one of her students winning the first place award for his poster in the Financial Literacy Poster Contest. When it was time to shift gears in her career, her enthusiasm and love for developing student leadership created a natural transition to her current role as Coordinator for the Vermont Career & Technical Student Organizations. Although she has been officially been out of the day-to-day classroom activities for a few years now, she still encourages students to participate in the Vermont Treasury Cup and in the Entrepreneurship Day activities to continue to bring awareness of the importance of financial literacy and its impact on Vermont’s economy.

“Susan’s dedication to excellence in education embodies the mission of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition” said Judy Ribolini, Jump$tart President. 

Jump$tart Connects with Early Educators

Members of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition recently spent several days at the annual Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Killington. Jump$tart raffled off prizes, including the three books used for the Treasurer’s Office’s 2017-2018 Reading is an Investment program.

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Board members Kit Ardell and Nancy Zorn at the VAEYC conference.

Vermont Jump$tart focuses on ensuring Vermont kids achieve a lifetime of financial well-being. By forging connections with early educators, we hope to open new avenues to educating kids and providing resources to parents.

We were excited to hear of the excellent work early educators are doing around the state. Many expressed enthusiasm about teaching personal finance concepts in the classroom!


Jump$tart volunteers at 2nd Annual Financial Wellness Day on 9/20

FWDOn September 20, 2017, Vermont Jump$tart Directors volunteered at the 2nd annual Financial Wellness Day, hosted by Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC).

The free event provided an opportunity to access a range of financial education, including kids’ activities like financial bingo, face painting, and henna tattoos.

This was the second year Jump$tart volunteers took part in the event. Jump$tart Board members Peter Newman, Wendy Rea, and Dylan Giambatista volunteered. Vermont Jump$tart looks forward to taking part in this important event in 2018 and beyond!

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Peter Newman and Dylan Giambatista, of Jump$tart’s Board of Directors, at Financial Wellness Day on September 19, 2017