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Cornerstone Stars Take Home Awards for Youth Financial Education
Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:00 AM

NYIB conference attendees
Cornerstone region conference attendees, featuring staff from FivePoint CU (TX), Complex Community FCU (TX), WEOKIE CU (TX), InTouch CU (TX), Randolph-Brooks FCU (TX), Oklahoma Central CU (OK), Diamond Lakes FCU (AR), MobilOil CU (TX), Unity One CU (TX), and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation.

At the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) annual conference, held the last week of July in Boston, Mass., the spotlight of achievement shined on those individuals and credit unions whose efforts went above and beyond in the realm of youth financial education.

The NYIB is a group of volunteer credit union professionals that focus on youth financial education initiatives. Data collected by the NYIB underscores credit unions’ commitment to youth in 2016-2017, during which the not-for-profits reached a total of 580,460 students during 17,537 classroom presentations nationwide.

NYIB Recognitions for 2017
Texas ranks third for number of presentations given (2,228) and first for number of students reached (79,950). Oklahoma ranks eighth for presentations given (644) and fifth for number of students reached (37,428). Among our Cornerstone credit unions that reported their numbers to NYIB, six received recognition for their exemplary work in the classrooms.

Josh Franzen
InTouch CU's Josh Franzen holds his NYIB award for Delegate of the Year.
Tabatha Thurman
Tabatha Thurman from WEOKIE CU holds NYIB award for Top Presenter.
  • Complex Community FCU received a second place award in their asset category for the highest number of presentations conducted as a team (249) and first place for reaching the most students as a team (36,304).
  • Education CU received a first place award in their asset category for the highest number of presentations conducted as a team (497) and second place for reaching the most students as a team (14,600).
  • Tinker FCU ranked second in their asset category for highest number of students reached as a team (22,380).
  • Tabatha Thurman from WEOKIE CU received a first place award in her asset category for being the top presenter of youth financial education reaching the highest number of students (14,915), and she was recognized for being fourth place in number of presentations given (402). Tabatha also serves as the 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 a first place award in her asset category for being the top presenter based on the number of presentations given (690) and second place for the number of students reached (4,367). Mandy was also reelected to serve as the chairman for the NYIB Executive Committee.
  • Joshua Franzen from InTouch CU ranked third in the top presenters based on number of students reached (4,047) in his asset category. Josh was also recognized as the outstanding NYIB state delegate of the year.
Complex Community FCU
The Complex Community FCU team with their NYIB awards. Left to right: Krystal Hallmark, Myra Aranda, and Lisa Wyman.
Mandy Clayton
Mandy Clayton from FivePoints CU holds her NYIB awards for Top Presenter.

“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 in 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.