National Credit Union Youth Week

It is National Credit Union Youth Week! This week focuses on what credit unions are doing to stimulate financial literacy education with younger members. National Credit Union Youth Week extends from April 21 to April 27.

Educators is passionate about financial literacy, not only for our adult members but for students as well. We are committed to helping students towards a successful financial future. We sponsor and put on several events and products in the communities we work and live in:

  • EverFi – EverFi’s focus is to teach, assess and certify students in critical financial literacy skills. This program has free virtual courses on financial education, geared toward various grade levels. Courses include: 3D games, models, simulations, social media, activities and more.
  • Banzai – Banzai is a free classroom resource for middle school and high school teachers to use to teach their students about real world budgeting and spending. This program uses real-life scenarios to impart meaningful financial content for students.
  • Reality Check Day – Reality Check Day is an event put on by Educators where students are assigned a life scenario and are taught to write a check, use a debit card, budget and save. The students are required to do things such as: pay rent, buy groceries, purchase a car and even pay for daycare for their imaginary children. This is a great opportunity for students to learn how to budget for their future.
  • Junior Achievement – JA Biztown helps elementary and middle school students understand the different responsibilities that go along with maintaining a job. This program is hands-on and focuses on work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. JA Finance Park teaches high school students how to make intelligent financial decisions including: income, expenses, savings, credit and career choices.
  • Educators Scholarship Program – Each year we give out 25 $2,000 scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors totaling in $50,000. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors based on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, and their demonstration of one or more Educators core values: honesty, fairness, integrity, respect and excellence.
  • ECU’s Teller Co-Op Program – We hire a handful of high school seniors through the co-op program to be tellers at our branch locations. This program helps high school students gain real-world experience working at a financial. Students have the chance to shadow a back office department at Educators that they are interested in to learn what professionals do at their job.
  • Arts@Large – This program focuses on experiential, arts-infused learning by using the arts to cultivate communities where students excel and grow. Educators is going to be sponsoring a coffee shop within the Arts@Large building so that students can gain experience managing and operating a real business.

If you are interested in any of these products or events, please do not hesitate to contact Victor Frasher. Victor is the director of community engagement at Educators. Victor wears many hats, as he is the contact for our branches within the high schools, Reality Check Days, Banzai, EverFi, our Co-Op program and a leading role on our scholarship committee. He can be reached at 262.884.6630 or victorf@ecu.com.

To kick off this week right, Educators is running a promotion for our youth. If you are a member 17 years old or younger, bring in a deposit to put into your account, and we will match it up to $5!

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