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DATCU: Junior Board of Directors Helping CU Reach Young People; Earns Dora Maxwell Award
Friday, August 23, 2013 6:45 AM

Denton-based DATCU has earned first place in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, asset category $500 million to $1 billion, for its junior board of directors initiative.

With the help of campus principals, counselors and administrators, the credit union selected nine high school students to serve on its junior board of directors. These students met six times through the school year, and completed a service project for a local nonprofit agency. Upon completion of the project and school year, each received a scholarship of $250.

The goal of the project was to provide local high school students the opportunity to gain knowledge in the financial industry, leadership and community service. Curriculum included an overview of board governance, including responsibilities, expectation and qualifications. The group was informed of the needs within the community, and they were made aware of available volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit agencies and organizations.

As a group they selected one agency and planned and implemented a service project to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County.

“As delighted as we are for the implementation of our junior board of directors to have earned the Dora Maxwell Award, we at DATCU are certainly looking forward to working with our second Junior Board of Directors in this next school year as we incorporate ideas and suggestions from the inaugural group of students,” says Pat Sherman, DATCU’s vice president of business development.