Californians Share Tips On Financial Literarcy

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An increasing number of credit unions in this state are creating positions dedicated to promoting financial education in their communities, according to credit union representatives attending two quarterly roundtables hosted by the California Youth Involvement Network

"Our final two quarterly roundtables for 2003 focused on the growing number of credit unions that now have a specific position dedicated to financial education, and especially to youth education, what that sort of position might entail, and what the job description for that position might be," said Rita Fillingane, project manager in the California Credit Union League's CU development department.

The roundtables allowed participants to explore and discuss other youth-related products and financial literacy programs, and to share ideas on ways to promote financial literacy. At the Southern California roundtable held at American First CU, La Habra, Linda Lewis, youth marketing coordinator with Burbank City Employees FCU, outlined her responsibilities as her credit union's youth coordinator.

During the following day's Northern California roundtable at Antioch Schools FCU, Antioch, Richard Villareal and Mike Jones discussed their work as financial education representative with San Mateo CU, San Mateo, and member education director with Education Employees CU, Fresno, respectively. Villareal, who is also a CYIN board member, shared his job description with the roundtable participants.

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