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Cornerstone CUs Take Home Awards for Youth Financial Education
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 7:00 AM

Data collected by the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) underscores credit unions’ commitment to youth in 2015-16, during which the not-for-profits reached a total of 509,948 students in 13,943 classroom presentations nationwide.

Texas ranks third for number of presentations given (1,839) and second for number of students reached (71,248). Oklahoma ranks seventh for presentations given (650) and sixth for number of students reached (32,846). Among our Cornerstone credit unions that reported their numbers to NYIB, six received recognition for their exemplary work in the classrooms.

Complex Community FCU received a first place award in their asset category for the highest number of presentations conducted as a team (485) and for reaching the most students as a team (38,598). Education CU also received a first place award in their asset category for the highest number of presentations conducted as a team (419) and for reaching the most students as a team (11,477). Tinker FCU ranked second in their asset category for highest number of students reached as a team (19,678).

Tabatha Thurman from WEOKIE CU received an award in her asset category for being the top presenter of youth financial education based on the number of presentations given (384) and for the number of students reached (10,948). Tabatha was also voted in to be the new south central regional coordinator for the NYIB Executive Committee. Mandy Clayton from FivePoint CU, who also serves as a Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation trustee, received an award in her asset category for being the top presenter based on the number of presentations given (651) and for the number of students reached (3,741). Mandy was also voted in to be the new chairman for the NYIB Executive Committee. Joshua Franzen from InTouch CU ranked fifth in the top presenters based on number of presentations given (83) in his asset category.

“We are so proud of our credit unions and their efforts to educate youth on good financial practices,” says Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation Grants Manager and FOCUS Network Liaison Emily Moreno. “It is vital that we are proactive with preparing our youth to make good choices now, so they will have greater knowledge and understanding of how to handle financial responsibilities in adulthood.”

As part of its Foundation FOCUS collaborative initiative, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation also tracks credit unions’ financial education outreach. Foundation FOCUS aims to expand financial education outreach and make an impact on the lives of people, from preschoolers to adults. This unique initiative allows the Foundation to diversely impact communities of all shapes and sizes, from cradle to grave.

To learn more or to join our Foundation FOCUS Network of individuals who share a passion for financial education, please visit cscuf.coop or contact Emily Moreno at emoreno@cscuf.coop.