Graduate and staff development credit will be offered. Scholarships are available from the Iowa Credit Union Foundation
to reimburse participants for part of the cost of the credit after completing the course requirements. The registration fee is
$50 and includes printed materials, breakfast, and lunch.
For more information, contact Sue McDonnell, Family Resource Management Specialist, Iowa State University Extension,
Osage -- 641-732-5574, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two-day conference will feature lectures, hands-on activities, idea-sharing and tours of financial-related sites in Des
Moines. The conference will provide teachers with up-to-date information, suggested teaching strategies and sample
classroom materials on a wide range of topics, including credit cards, car buying, home ownership, saving, investing, and
The Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, established in 2000, is a public-private partnership of agencies across the state. The
organization relies mainly on the support of volunteers and is dedicated to improving the financial literacy of Iowa's youth.
A major goal of the event is to raise awareness about the strong need for financial education. Iowa high school students
compare favorably to other states regarding financial literacy, based on the results of a 2002 Jump$tart youth financial
literacy survey. Unfortunately, the results also demonstrated that Iowa youth still lack the basic knowledge needed to
successfully manage their finances.
"It's important to reach young people before they buy a car or obtain a credit card, so they can make the best financial
decisions," Attorney General Tom Miller said. "We especially want to help young people establish good credit and learn
how to manage their finances so they can avoid falling into heavy debt, which can haunt them for years." Teachers can help
students learn these skills in business, math, computer, and consumer science classes.
"Developing programs to teach financial management skills for teens will benefit these students and our state for
generations to come," said State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.
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