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Local minority students receive dose of reality during Technology Awareness Day
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:55 AM

Over 100 students received a dose of reality as they participated in Unity One Credit Union’s Dollars to $ense breakout session during BNSF Railway’s Technology Awareness Day on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Fort Worth, Texas. The interactive financial simulation was designed to engage high school students through a hands-on saving, spending, and budgeting activity based on career and lifestyle decisions.

Attending students were given a budget sheet containing their profession, starting salary, and an overview of the program. They were required to stay within their given budget while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Students learned quickly that temptations like eating out and purchasing the most expensive car were easy ways to get in financial trouble.

“This activity is one of our most requested presentations because it condenses a whole semester’s worth of financial education into a thirty-minute breakout session,” said Alyssa Guillory, vice president of marketing at Unity One Credit Union. “Students gain valuable insight without facing harmful, real-life financial destruction. BNSF Railway has been a wonderful partner, and Select Employer Group, to work with on furthering our financial education outreach efforts. Teaching the idea of budgeting to students is a matter of life or debt, and we take it very seriously.”

About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations, and individuals.

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN, and Kansas City, KS, may apply for membership. Unity One CU has nine branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide.

About BNSF Railway’s Technology Awareness Day
BNSF's Technology Awareness Day is part of the National Black Family Technology Awareness Week. The national campaign was started by IBM and aims to "promote significant minority achievement in engineering, science and technology." Corporate-sponsored events are held nationally during a week in February.

The one-day event is a local version of the campaign that aims to educate local minority youths about careers in the technology field and challenges attendees to design and develop their own technological solutions that are judged at the event.