MONTPELIER, Vt. (10/5/09)--A $137,000 federal grant to improve financial literacy among Vermont’s high school student population has been approved for use by the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU). With the grant’s approval, the association has announced the launch of a state-wide, high school-based financial literacy program (Newslines Express Oct. 2). “The Concerts for Financial Literacy … presented by Vermont’s Credit Unions” will weave together financial literacy education, music and social media interaction into a cohesive package targeted directly at the lifestyle and values of Vermont’s 14- to 18-year-old population, the association said. The educational components will be delivered through school presentations, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and through videos hosted on a new AVCU website dedicated to the program. Students at dozens of Vermont high schools can participate in online contests and special events to win the opportunity of hosting a Concert for Financial Literacy at their high school. The concerts will feature professional musicians who have their own financial literacy messages to share, and student-musician groups selected from “Battle of the Bands” contests organized through the social media websites. The concerts will take place in May, and the process will repeat in the fall of next year and the spring of 2011.