MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (10/1/13)--Minnesota credit unions reached more than 4,400 students during the 2012-2013 school year, according to The National Youth Involvement Board. TopLine FCU, with $340 million in assets, contributed to that total by reaching over 1,350 of those students through more than 30 financial literacy presentations its staff delivered to students across the Twin Cities during the past school year.
TopLine reaches students through local educational programs such Hennepin Technical College's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, helping middle school students prepare for post-secondary education, and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education's Personal Finance Summer Institute for College Readiness, which reaches out to area high school students.
TopLine also leads personal money management educational sessions each October at the Minnesota State College Student Association's Annual Leadership Summit, and it runs quarterly free community classes at its own TopLine Maple Grove Learning Center.
Members and nonmembers can attend TopLine's Get Smart with Your Money program, which offers three age-specific classes, each offered four times a year, at its Maple Grove location. Building Dreams explores the concepts of spending, saving and sharing for children ages 5 to 8. Dollar Power explores the concepts of needs vs. wants, and planning and spending wisely, for ages 9 to 13. Dollars & Sense explores sound money management, including using credit wisely and identity theft prevention, for ages 14 to 18.
Raising awareness about the value credit unions provide their members and communities, removing barriers and fostering service excellence 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.