COLUMBIA, S.C. (8/21/09)--The National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) recognized two credit union professionals for their work in youth marketing, education and leadership development at its annual conference in Tempe, Ariz., Aug. 4.
Julie McLean was named 2009 Delegate of the Year. She is the director of financial education at Arapahoe CU, Littleton, Colo., which won a 2008 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. She also is a board member of Littleton Public Schools and a member of the Colorado Certified Technical Education Advisory Council, serving as chair of the Family and Consumer Sciences Committee. McLean reached 6,482 young people in 257 financial education presentations during 2008-09. She works with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), Colorado Jump$tart, and the Credit Union Association of Colorado. She received NYIB’s Robert L. Curry Scholarship in 2007.
NYIB’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year is Dawn Ambuehl-Sadek, financial education specialist for A+ FCU, Austin, Texas. Ambuehl-Sadek is a certified Texas Educator and teaches the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program, conducts teacher training events, and serves on the logistics committee for Financial Fitness Greater Austin. She is also a member of Project NEFE, a statewide financial education initiative. Ambuehl-Sadek made 39 presentations to 589 students during the past year. She regularly appears on an early-morning Austin news segment entitled “Your Money” and was a financial services category finalist for the Austin Under 40 Awards. A+ FCU also recently garnered the Texas Credit Union Foundation’s FOCUS Award for commitment to financial literacy. NYIB accepts nominees for annual recognition, including the Delegate and Volunteer of the Year, plus applicants for scholarships to attend the NYIB annual conference and the National Credit Union Foundation Development Education Training.