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CU fin educators receive Virginia league awards
LYNCHBURG, Va. (6/23/08)--The Virginia Credit Union League presented awards to a credit union and two credit union professionals for their financial literacy efforts.
Click to view larger image Arlington Virginia CU staff (from left) David Romney, Diane Reed, Patty Browne and CEO Brenda Turner received the Virginia Credit Union League’s Visionary Award from and Dawn Lindley, league director of marketing and financial literacy.
Click to view larger image Cherry Hedges (left), financial education director at Virginia CU, received the Class Act award from Dawn Lindley, Virginia Credit Union League director of marketing and financial literacy.
Click to view larger image Kristina Benson (left), Fore Lee FCU, received the Credit Union Youth Advocate of the Year award from Dawn Lindley, Virginia Credit Union League director of marketing and financial literacy. (Photos provided by the Virginia Credit Union League)
Arlington Virginia FCU received the Visionary Award for its work in providing personal finance education in the community. During the past year, the credit union created three programs to address the needs of Latino youth, adults striving to attain or regain self-sufficiency and students lacking basic finance skills. The credit union partnered with two school clubs--Latinas Leading Tomorrow and Latinos en Accion--teaching their members about savings accounts, interests, deposits, withdrawals and checks. More than 50 students participated in the after-school programs, the league said. Arlington Virginia CU also partnered with Vanguard Services UnLtd., a community organization that helps adults overcome substance abuse. About 15 “Financial Recovery” workshops were offered to 57 individuals. The credit union opened a new student-run branch, bringing its student-run branch total to five. Cherry Hedges, financial education director, Virginia CU, Richmond, received the league’s Class Act award. The award recognizes a credit union professional for achievement as a financial literacy educator, including school and community outreach. Hedges taught more than 20 financial education courses at Virginia Commonwealth University and at three community colleges. She also was recognized for creating a personal finance curriculum for high school students, Smart Start, which incorporates the state’s learning standards with financial education. Kristina Benson, Fort Lee (Va.) FCU, received the Credit Union Youth Advocate of the Year award. The award recognizes a credit union professional or volunteer for outstanding individual contributions to the credit union movement, specifically in promoting legislation for personal finance education in schools, and the sharing of cooperative resources to further financial education and community outreach. Benson taught more than 850 students during the 2007-2008 school year. She contacted all local school superintendents and offered to assist teaching personal finance basics. She also volunteered at Fort Lee’s “Jump In and Save” campaign, launched last year to encourage savings and the development of personal budgets.
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