NAPERVILLE, Ill. (9/16/13)--Illinois credit unions placed in the top 10 for the number of financial education presentations conducted and students reached during the 2012-13 school year, said the Illinois Credit Union League.
The results are based on data from the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB).
In Illinois, 480 presentations were conducted with more than 18,500 students learning to manage their finances.
The top three Illinois credit unions that contributed in terms of presentations conducted were:
- RIA FCU, Rock Island--88;
- Alliant CU, Chicago--64; and
- Abri CU, Romeoville--52.
The top three Illinois credit unions in terms of students reached were:
- Great Lakes CU, North Chicago--2,286;
- Abri CU--2,231; and
- First Illinois CU, Danville--1,951.
Overall, credit union financial educators reached nearly as many students as the previous year. NYIB's data underscore credit unions' commitment to youth during the school year, when nearly 400,100 students were reached through more than 12,200 classroom presentations.
The NYIB is the only organization that collects classroom presentation data from credit unions nationwide each year. It tallies the number of financial education presentations conducted, specific topics discussed, and the number of students reached at each event--which helps provide regulators, legislators and others a valuable example of credit unions' philosophy at work.
Financial education is part of credit unions' efforts to raise awareness about credit unions. Fostering service excellence, removing barriers and raising awareness about the value credit unions provide their members and communities are the foundation for the Credit Union National Association's, state credit union leagues' and credit unions' Unite For Good campaign toward a vision in which Americans choose credit unions as their best financial provider.