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CUNA to select 12 students to Googolplex youth board
Madison, Wis. (1/9/12)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) will select 12 students from across America to serve one-year terms as youth editorial board members for Googolplex: The Credit Union Guide for Student Moneymakers, CUNA's online financial literacy toolkit.

Requests for applications are being accepted through Feb. 6. The new student board members' terms will begin on June 1.

"Year after year, the insight we receive from these bright students is instrumental in designing financial literacy tools that resonate strongly with children and young adults," says Rena Crispin, Googolplex managing editor. "At CUNA, we believe that it's vital to start financial education at a young age."

Googolplex is a youth-focused element of CUNA's onlineEDGE program, which guides credit union members through financial decisions at every stage of life. Googolplex features interactive games, videos, blogs and other content dealing with money matters and real life issues to promote financial literacy for youth aged six to 18.

Youth editorial board members complete two brief monthly online critiques of stories and games in age-specific sections of Googolplex's award-winning three-in-one website.

At the end of the terms, each board member writes an original story for Googolplex.

Other board-member responsibilities include:

  • Four elementary school-aged students will serve on the Clubhouse Crew for 5-Spot;
  • Four middle school-aged students will make up the Super Youth Team for AJ's; and
  • Four high-school-aged students will be on the Teenage Panel advising C-Note. 
"Our youth board members provide us with feedback that ensures that their peers feel welcome and validated whenever they use Googolplex on their credit union's website," said Susan Tiffany, director of consumer periodicals at CUNA.

Board members must be in grades 3-12 in the fall of 2012 or, if home-schooled, of the same grade-level ages. They will work from home.

Applications are available by request from Corey Pratt, Googolplex youth editorial board liaison. Please state the child's grade level or age equivalent if home-schooled. Requests are due by Feb. 6.


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