Efforts Grow To Educate Youth On Finances; 213,025 Kids Get Message

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The national Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) continues to broaden its efforts to educate youth on financial topics.

Case in point is the NYIB's report that credit union representatives during the 2002-03 school year had made 6,815 presentations to classrooms and had reached 213,025 students.

"Credit unions have been working hard every single day to combat the battle against financial illiteracy," said NYIB Chairman, LeAnn Achtenberg.

Kathy Crim of First Mark Credit Union in San Antonio received a scholarship and award for conducting the highest number of classroom presentations, reaching 22,988 students through 636 presentations. She also taught 386 presentations using the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program and received a scholarship and award for the Top NEFE Program Presenter awarded by CUNA & Affiliates for that achievement.

Susan Young of CP Federal Credit Union in Jackson, Mich., also received a scholarship for the number of students she reached. Young taught 12,964 through her classroom presentations.

Separately, the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) said it has renewed its partnership with StreetSage, a supplemental learning tool that teaches students the value of long-term investing and the benefits of saving.

Through the partnership, NYIB will sponsor three schools with the StreetSage software. Founder and CEO, Michael Stahl, has created a simulated stock market investing scenario that spans a 35-year time period. The program is a semester-long and includes glossary links for investing terms, investor information on companies and industries as well as information on fees and taxes. For info: www.nyib.org.

Meanwhile, the NYIB has recognized three people for their outstanding efforts in regards to youth marketing, youth education and leadership development. Recognized were John Uchida of Space Age FCU in Aurora, Colo., who received the NYIB Vision Award; Joyce Swaner of America First Credit Union in Ogden, Utah, who received the Outstanding Volunteer Award, and Pamela Swope of Bay Governmental Credit Union in Bay City, Mich., who was recognized as Outstanding Delegate of the Year.

Awarded scholarships by the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) who Tammy Overstreet, of Members Exchange Credit Union in Jackson, Miss., who received the Robert L. Curry Scholarship and Award. Receiving NYIB Regional Scholarships to its conference were: Erin Walker of Jeffco Schools Credit Union in Lakewood, Colo.; Joan Blust of AurGroup Financial Credit Union in Fairfield, Ohio, and Joe Cummins of Alternatives Federal Credit Union in Ithaca, N.Y. The NYIB also awarded two individuals with scholarships to attend Development Education Training through the National Credit Union Foundation. They were Thomas Willhite of Oakland Catholic Credit Union in Troy, Mich., and Julia Pehrson of Hercules Credit Union in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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