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Generations FCU to Offer Financial Education to High School Students
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:50 AM

Generations Federal Credit Union has partnered with the George Gervin Youth Center as part of their student summer jobs program. The Gervin Summer Learning Program provides more than 70 San Antonio-area high school students with summer jobs. In addition to learning career development skills and general workplace etiquette, GFCU also provides the students with financial education. The classes are designed to teach the students to save the money they just worked hard to earn. This is the second year that GFCU has partnered with the Gervin Center.

At the outset of the summer, students are given a GFCU checking account and savings account. Their paychecks are direct deposited into their accounts with 80 percent going into the checking account and 20 percent going into the savings account. Gervin students who participate in the program are given a specialized Gervin Youth Center Debit Card that features famed San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guard, George Gervin.

On Friday, June 28, the students volunteered with Habitat For Humanity on the city’s far southwest side. They painted, raised exterior walls and helped build more than six houses that are currently under construction in the neighborhood. After the volunteer session, David Rodriguez, GFCU’s Financial Education Advocate, taught one of the summer’s financial education classes during the student’s lunch hour. GFCU provides several financial education classes to the students throughout the summer, however this is the first time classes were held offsite.

“It was hotter than any of our typical classes,” said Rodriguez. “But the students were amazing, as usual. The Gervin students are always really engaged because they understand that this program and these classes are a great way for them to get ahead and succeed.”