ALBANY, N.Y. (7/13/11)--The New York Credit Union Foundation recently honored four credit unions with the 2011 New York State Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards for teaching personal finance concepts and skills to children. Clarence (N.Y.) Community & Schools FCU was the first-place award winner in the $50 million asset and under category for its Youth $avings Program offered to grades K through 12 in all six schools in the Clarence School District. CORE FCU, East Syracuse, was the first-place award winner in $50 million to $150 million asset category for its Students as Educators program. The program gives high school students the opportunity to learn about personal finance, shows them how to teach their peers and serve as mentors and role models for younger students in the school district. Participants also teach in teams during adult education sessions with school board members and credit union personnel. Teachers FCU was the first-place award winner in the $50 million and over asset category for diverse financial education offerings tailored to all grades and skill levels. Teachers FCU hosted five National Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program train-the-trainer workshops for educators, administrators and youth advocates on Long Island, N.Y. First-place winners will be submitted to the Credit Union National Association for its National Desjardins Award consideration.