On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington attended Financial Literacy Hill Day 2016 to serve as an advocate for financial literacy in our region’s schools and to share ideas with likeminded nonprofits and institutions. Hill Day is free and open to the public; it provides networking opportunity with the national financial education community.
This event, which is hosted annually during Financial Literacy Month, features financial literacy exhibits from more than 60 non-profit, for-profit, and government entities. The event was co-hosted by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Tim Scott (R-SC).
About Financial Literacy Day on the Hill
Financial Literacy Day on the Hill was introduced in 2003 by the Council for Economic Education, Junior Achievement® and the Jump$tart Coalition, with the office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka serving as the original honorary host. Over the years, “Hill Day” as it’s come to be known, has evolved from a small gathering to a public event that attracts hundreds of participants. The location of the event alternates, each year, between an office location on the House of Representatives side and the Senate side of “the Hill.”
U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) has served as honorary co-host on the House side since 2005, along with Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13). In 2013 Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) took over for Rep. Biggert following her departure from Congress. U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) served as honorary co-hosts on the Senate side until Senator Akaka's retirement. U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senator Enzi as honorary co-host in 2014.
Laura Levine, president and CEO of the Jump$tart Coalition, has served as the event emcee each year since 2004, representing the many coalition partners that participate. She has said that Hill Day depicts the best of what Jump$tart is as a coalition—a demonstration of the collective strength of our combined efforts, as well as the unique, individual contribution that each organization makes.