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Three Cornerstone CUs Take Home Awards for Youth Financial Education
Friday, August 7, 2015 6:50 AM

Youth Financial Education Awards
Pictured left to right: Lisa Wyman and Megan Richardson from Complex Community FCU, Mandy Clayton from FivePoint CU, and Tabatha Thurman from WEOKIE CU.

Data collected by the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) underscores credit unions’ commitment to youth in 2014-15, during which the not-for-profits reached a total of 366,356 students in 11,844 classrooms presentations.

Texas ranks second in number of presentations given (1,798) and in number of students reached (48,316). Oklahoma ranks sixth in presentations given (559) and seventh in number of students reached (24,012). Among our Texas and Oklahoma credit unions that reported their numbers to NYIB, three credit unions received awards for their exemplary work in the classrooms.

Complex Community FCU received an award for the highest number of presentations conducted as a team (848). Lisa Wyman and Megan Richardson from Complex Community FCU were both present to receive their award. Complex Community FCU also ranked second place nationally for reaching the most students as a team (28,062), while Tinker FCU ranked in third place (14,173).

Tabatha Thurman from WEOKIE CU received an award for being the top presenter of youth financial education based on the number of students reached (9,613). Mandy Clayton from FivePoint CU, who also serves as a Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation Trustee, received an award for being the top presenter based on the number of presentations given (633), while Tabatha Thurman from WEOKIE CU ranked in second place based on presentations (355).

“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, please visit www.cscuf.coop.