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Minn. Family Involvement Council leads youth sessions
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (4/9/12)--The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation's Family Involvement Council (FIC) led two sessions during the "Co-ops YES!" Youth Leadership Conference, March 19-20, in Eau Claire, Wis.

More than 100 students from Minnesota and Wisconsin attended the "Co-ops YES!" Youth Leadership Conference in Eau Claire, Wis. Members of the Minnesota Family Involvement Council led two sessions during the event. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation.)
More than 100 high school students attended the event, hosted by the Cooperative Network, which serves more than 600 cooperatives--including credit unions--in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The FIC's presentation, "Credit Unions: A Cooperative. A Career," focused on working with students to understand the benefits of credit unions and their belief in the cooperative philosophy of "people helping people." They also helped the group of high school juniors and seniors develop a vision for their future by discussing the types of careers available at credit unions.

"We made these sessions engaging and interactive for the students, and they offered intriguing questions about how credit unions operate and the emerging job possibilities available," said FIC Chair Bridget Moeller of Greater Minnesota CU, Mora, Minn. "We worked to impress on the students the credit union core values of equality, participation and mutual help, as well as how credit unions strive to improve the well-being of their members."

In addition to Moeller, FIC presenters included Shannon Butler of Postal CU, Woodbury, Minn., and Andrea Molnau of United Educators CU in Columbia Heights, Minn. As a way to promote the International Year of Cooperatives, along with the credit union difference, the group also discussed the concept of cooperatives and how credit unions fit into that mold. They also described the value that credit unions, and all cooperatives, provide within the financial marketplace.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.

This is the third year that the foundation's Family Involvement Council has participated in the Cooperative Network's youth leadership conference, which aims to build leadership skills that will offer opportunities to tomorrow's cooperative leaders.
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