News Release

Securities Regulators to Talk Financial Literacy With Students

18 Elementary Schools Nationwide to Participate in Nov. 20 Events With Top Officials at FINRA, the SEC and Jump$tart Coalition

Washington, D.C. — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today announced a new financial literacy outreach program to promote financial literacy to elementary school students.

Project CHANGE: "Creating Habits and Awareness for the Next Generation's Economy" is a joint partnership among FINRA, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

On November 20, top officials from FINRA, the SEC and Jump$tart will visit 18 elementary schools throughout the country to teach a class on financial literacy. They will share advice on saving, spending and sharing money from a curriculum based on the national standards for financial literacy in grades four through six.

"Learning how to make smart choices about money is the first step to financial security. By bringing financial literacy into classrooms across the country, we are helping to ensure that children develop good habits that we hope will stay with them as they grow," said FINRA Chairman and CEO Richard G. Ketchum.

In addition to on-site financial literacy presentations, FINRA will donate a sling pack containing financial literacy tools to each child participating in the program. FINRA will also provide every child in the selected schools with a Moonjar, a unique tool to encourage children to learn about "saving," "spending" and "sharing." In addition, "money-related" games and books will be donated to participating schools.

The following schools will be participating in the inaugural Project CHANGE visits from securities regulators:

  • Atlanta - Rivers Elementary School
  • Boca Raton - Alexander D. Henderson University
  • Boston - Joyce Kilmer Elementary School (West Roxbury, Mass.)
  • Chicago - Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School
  • Denver - Lincoln Elementary School (Loveland, Colo.)
  • Fort Worth - S.S. Dillow Elementary School
  • Kansas City - Stony Point North Elementary School
  • Los Angeles - Open Magnet Charter School
  • Miami - Dunbar Elementary School
  • New Orleans - International School Of Louisiana
  • New York - New Explorations, Science, Tech & Math School
  • Philadelphia - William M. Meredith School
  • Salt Lake City - Ridgecrest Elementary School
  • San Francisco - Robert Stevenson Elementary School
  • Seattle - Sacajawea Elementary School
  • Washington, D.C. - Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (District of Columbia)
  • Ashlawn Elementary School (Arlington, Va.)
  • Cannon Road Elementary School (Silver Spring, Md.)

For more information about this new initiative to help elementary school students learn more about financial literacy, visit the Project CHANGE Web site at