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Summary of Accomplishments

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$tart $mart Summit

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Utah Valley University

"Very powerful day of learning. Thank you!"
Rick Lee
Teacher at Discovery Academy
"This training was very well done. I feel like I missed some very good seminars because I didn't have enough time!"
Shanae Butler
Teacher at Emery High School
"Great information and resources. I liked getting lesson materials I could use right away."
Matt Hiatt
Teacher at Oak Springs School 

Summit Highlights:

  • 145 educators attended this full day training and received professional development credit and college credit.
  • 48% of educators were from Title I or low-to-moderate income area schools.
  • 91% of educators rated the training as very good or excellent
  • 24 sessions on topics including bankruptcy, investing, paying for college and technology.

The Utah Jump$tart Coalition and our partner organizations will be presenting 9 , full day regional professional development workshops and online workshops in early 2018. These workshops will reach an additional 500 K-12 teachers in Utah.

Scholarship Program

The 2017 Utah Jump$tart Coalition/America First Credit Union Scholarship Competition encouraged creative YouTube video entries with the theme of paying for college while keeping debt to a minimum. Each of our 6 scholarship winners received a $1,250 college scholarship and their winning entries were featured on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Scholarship Highlights:

  • 91 entries
  • 46 high schools represented
  • 1,870 people reached on Facebook
  • 3,330 people reached on Twitter
  • 417 views on YouTube

 Scholarship Winners:


“The topics covered in the general financial literacy course have made it possible for students to actually sit and talk to parents about more than just can I have $20 for the movies. It helps students be more proactive and informed about their financial future.”
George Durfee, General Financial Literacy Teacher at Pleasant Grove High School
2017 $tart $mart Summit Attendee

One of our key initiatives is to garner support for financial literacy education in Utah.

Thanks for the efforts of the Utah Jump$tart Coalition and our partner organizations, once again, Utah was the only state to receive an A+ grade for financial literacy in the “Is Your State Making the Grade?  The 2017 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools.”

The report card, prepared by Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, grades each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia on how well their high schools teach personal finance. The 2017 report card is the third done by the center, with previous reports cards in 2015 and 2013. 

Utah is the only state to receive an A+, while Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia earned A’s.

The Utah Jump$tart Coalition will continue to broaden support for Utah's General Financial Literacy Class and financial literacy education. Our goal is to ensure every child in Utah has the tools to have a solid financial future.