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By Trisha Gedon, OSU
STILLWATER, Okla. â€“ April is Financial Literacy Month. To observe this, the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition is sponsoring Jump$tart Your Money Week April 23-29.
Why not take the time during this week to give your finances the boost they may need?
Eileen St. Pierre, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension personal finance specialist, said Jump$tart Your Money Week is a public awareness initiative intended for building financial knowledge so one can deal more effectively and confidently with money.
â€śDuring this week, workshops, programs and seminars will take place all across Oklahoma for participants to come and learn more about improving financial literacy,â€ť St. Pierre said. â€śThe Jump$tart Coalitionâ€™s website is http://www.oklahomajumpstart.org. This site has information about classes and events that are taking place. Every area in the state is encouraged to participate. Most events are free and offer balanced financial education.â€ť
The Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition involves both private organizations and governmental agencies at all levels, as well as OSU Cooperative Extension. The Coalition is working toward making a positive difference in the future of Oklahoma families by helping youth and adults improve their financial well-being.
â€śThe Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition serves as a venue to share best practices for financial education and assists organizations by partnering to best utilize their resources,â€ť St. Pierre said. â€śWith collaboration, the Coalition is able to facilitate information sharing and serve as a clearinghouse for activities and resources related to Oklahomaâ€™s financial education.â€ť
The Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition started in 2004. It is part of a national effort to educate and empower youth and adults with the information and resources necessary to make informed financial decisions.