WASHINGTON (2/17/09)--For the first time, five national financial education providers will come together to present a Financial Education Resources Center at the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). At the Washington Convention Center Feb. 22-25, the Financial Education Resources Center will feature adjacent booths in the Exhibit Hall with resources from these providers:
* CUNA offers resources for credit unions, youth, adults, and underserved consumers. CUNA’s Personal Finance Initiative (PFI) is a new interactive resource. PFI includes research and policy materials as well as best practices and networking opportunities. * The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) makes grants to credit unions and partners in innovative programs. NCUF’s largest grant is for Biz Kid$, the first national public television series underwritten by America’s Credit Unions. * The Washington Credit Union Foundation manages the Biz Kid$ program. Biz Kid$’ new season is airing in all 50 states on 97% of PBS stations. Credit union educators can download a curriculum for each episode. * The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) supplies a turn-key curriculum for credit union educators to teach financial planning in high schools. NEFE is also bringing financial education into workplaces to reach young adults and at-risk workers. * The National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) provides a platform for credit union educators to report on presentations to classrooms and other youth events. NYIB also shares marketing materials to help credit unions attract youth.
NCUF Executive Director Steve Delfin initiated the Financial Education Resources Center after serving on CUNA’s Financial Literacy Task Force. “All of our missions align around providing financial education,” said Delfin. “To carry on this cooperative movement, we must collectively promote financial literacy for Millennials and the next generations of credit union members.” (Millennials are people born between 1980 and 2000.)