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
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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 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

2017 Charity Golf Tournament a Smashing Success!

The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition and the Vermont Bankers Association hold an annual golf tournament to raise funds to support youth financial literacy in Vermont. The sixth annual tournament was held at the Montpelier Elks Country Club on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors:
  • Golf Cart Sponsors – Community National Bank
  • Prize Sponsors – Passumpsic Savings Bank
  • Hole Sponsors – Fothergill, Segale & Valley, CPAs, Mascoma Savings Bank, Northfield Savings Bank and Northfield Investment Services

We at Vermont Jump$tart wish to thank the Vermont Bankers Association for once again co-sponsoring our annual fundraiser.

Board Member Laurel Butler Honored w/ VT Award

Vermont Jump$tart Board Member Laurel Butler was recently awarded the Vermont Laurel Congrats MemeSmall Business Development Center’s 2017 Vermont State Star Award. Butler is known as a start-up expert who serves as Vermont Technical College’s manager of gender equity/STEM programs.

The award will be presented at America’s Small Business Development Center’s conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Jump$tart Board of Directors extends its warm congratulations to Laurel Butler!