Utah Launches Financial Football
Broncos Cornerback Webster, Treasurer Ellis and Utah Jump$tart Partner with Visa Inc. to Roll out Financial Football Statewide
Financial Education Video Game to Help Utah Students Score Financial Touchdown
Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster joined Utah Treasurer Richard Ellis and Utah Jump$tart at Skyline High School to tackle the issue of financial literacy improvement among Utah teens. They announced a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc. The game is being distributed by the Treasurer’s office to every public middle school and high school in Utah.
Webster and Treasurer Ellis rolled up their sleeves and led teams of students in a hard-fought, high energy game of Financial Football. Earlier Webster shared his personal experiences on the importance of money management with students
“Kids need to learn to make smart money management decisions early in life,” said Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster. “It takes the combined efforts of parents, teachers and mentors within the community to give teenagers a strong background in personal finance.”
Governor Herbert Signs Senate Bill 40
Utah Governor Gary Herbert recently signed into law Senate Bill 40, which funds the creation of an online, end of course assessment for the General Financial Literacy Course, implements a teacher endorsement in general financial literacy and provides additional professional development opportunities for educators in the areas of financial literacy and economics.
Graduating high school seniors are facing a tough job market and rapidly increasing higher education costs. In Utah, approximately 45 percent of college students graduate with student loan debt according to a study from the Institute for College Access & Success. On average, students face $27,000 in student loan debt when they graduate from college, and often it goes much higher. The Utah Jump$tart Coalition proudly supports Senate Bill 40 as an important step to ensuring Utah students are prepared for a successful financial future.
Mission & Unique Proposition
To improve the personal financial literacy of K-12 youth by providing advocacy, research and educational resources. We strive to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.
Our Unique Proposition
Utah Jump$tart is a coalition of organizations, which share a commitment to the financial education of youth. Working collaboratively, more resources and expertise are available to accomplish this task.
We accomplish our mission by:
- Raising awareness of the need for personal finance fundamentals;
- Enhancing the effectiveness of personal financial education;
- Promoting responsible fiscal attitudes and behaviors; and
- Encouraging networking and cooperative efforts among business, community, government and education