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Texas foundation honors CUs fin lit commitment
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (4/5/10)--The Texas Credit Union Foundation will present its annual FOCUS awards during its annual meeting and expo Wednesday, according to the Texas Credit Union League. The awards honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated their commitment to providing financial literacy (LoneStar Leaguer April 2). They include:
* Lee Stafford, financial educator/marketing specialist, Education CU, Amarillo; * Mandy Clayton, financial education specialist, FivePoint CU, Nederland; * Randolph-Brooks FCU, Universal City; * The Austin Chapter of Credit Unions; and * El Paso CU Affordable Housing LLC CUSO.
This year’s winners diversified their creativity and delivery:
* Stafford launched Education CU’s financial literacy program in January 2009 and presented the merits of financial education to 4,663 individuals; * Mandy Clayton, through a partnership with Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle and the National Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP), increased her credit union’s financial education recipients total from 600 individuals in 2008 to more than 3,000 in 2009; * Randolph-Brooks FCU’s Jr. Duel in Ol’ San Antonio engaged 10 area high schools in a competitive program revolving around money-managing principles found in the NEFE HSFPP curriculum; * The Austin Chapter of Credit Unions’ second annual Youth Financial Literacy Fair welcomed more than 200 individuals to booths operated by staffers from various Austin credit unions, foundation volunteers and the Office of the Comptroller; and * The El Paso CU Affordable Housing CUSO taught financial and homeowner classes, free to local communities. In 2009, it presented 73 classes in English and Spanish for 1,125 participants.
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