The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in Washington D.C.
We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the financial literacy of Vermont youth by providing advocacy, information, and educational resources.
Vermont Jump$tart strives to prepare young people for life-long successful financial decision making.
The coalition comprises individuals, organizations, and businesses who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of Vermont's youth.
We believe that if teachers and parents have a better understanding of financial topics, they will be able to more effectively share that knowledge with the young people they instruct. This website provides resources and tools that will assist in the presentation of financial concepts in the classroom or at home.
The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, based in Washington, D.C.
Following a visit from the National Jump$tart Organization’s New England State Coordinator in 2004, a Vermont-based branch of the national arm was created: “Vermont Jump$tart.”
Since our inception in 2004, Vermont Jump$tart has sought to improve the financial literacy of young adults; develop, disseminate, and encourage the use of Jump$tart’s National Standards in Kindergarten through college; and promote the teaching of personal finance. We believe that all young adults need to have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions.
Jump$tart has regularly offered scholarships to Vermont financial literacy educators to attend the national conference that occurs each year. These scholarships cover the costs associated with travel and lodging to make the opportunity possible to further educate our educators.
The organization has hosted various events and conferences for the benefit of Vermonters. In October 2005, we held our first educator conference that has since continued annually, with only one exception in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to an annual conference, the organization has hosted various other events that included poster competitions, LifeSmarts competitions, golf tournaments, an Ugly Truck contest, and in 2020 launched an annual video contest where participants submit self-created short films with a message about financial literacy.
Vermont Jump$tart continues to remain an all-volunteer organization staffed by professionals throughout the state who work in various sectors of the financial industry.
New England State Coordinator visits Vermont. An affirmation agreement with the national Jump$tart Coalition is signed.
April is proclaimed “Financial Literacy Month for Youth” by Gov. Jim Douglas. Vermont State Employees Credit Union and VSAC donate seed money. First annual conference is held.
LifeSmarts & Vermont Reserve Cup events. Sponsored the Vermont Treasurer's Office “Reserve Cup.” First Vermont team goes to the national LifeSmarts competition.
First annual charity golf tournament is held. Co-sponsored with Vermont Bankers Association. Also, hosted an Ugly Truck contest
National Jump$tart Standards for K–12 introduced. The Vermont Board of Education adopted the 2015 National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.
Financial Literacy Video Contest. Launched our first annual Financial Literacy Video Contest.
New website. Vermont Jump$tart unveils new and updated website.
As a non-profit organization, the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition of volunteers depends on the generosity of Vermonters, those in the business community as well as individuals, to donate funds to support our work. Thank you.
The Jump$tart Coalition was founded in 1995, based on an idea credited to William E. Odom, who was, at the time, Chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Credit Corporation.
The first meeting, organized by H. Randy Lively, then President and CEO of the American Financial Services Association, was intended to “develop a strategic plan for improving the quality and extent of curriculum modules for personal finance education in the nation’s schools, grades K-12.”
By the end of 1996, the organization had evolved into the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The logo and tagline “Financial Smarts for Students” was created with input from a focus group of students at Bladensburg High School in Maryland.
Visit the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
In 1997, the Jump$tart Coalition was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization with Randy Lively as its first president (later re-designated “chairman.”) Mr. Lively also remains a director emeritus of the Jump$tart National Board. Dara Duguay was hired that year as Jump$tart’s first executive director, outlining her vision that the coalition be inclusive, not exclusive and launching a full-scale public awareness effort. She led the organization until 2004.