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Youth attend federation conference on underserved
PHOENIX (6/25/09)--Twenty-three youth from community development credit unions (CDCUs) nationwide gathered in Phoenix at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions' 35th Annual Conference on Serving the Underserved, June 11-13.
Click to view larger imageAbout 23 youth attended the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions' 35th Annual Conference on Serving the Underserved, June 11-13 in Phoenix. (Photo provided by the National Federation for Community Development Credit Unions)
The youth traveled to Phoenix to meet their peers from around the country and to advance their skills in financial education, community economic development, and in the management and operation of youth credit union programs, the federation said. The Federation's Youth Credit Union Conference began with a service-learning project at De Colores, a monolingual-Spanish safe space for women and children forced to flee their homes due to domestic violence. Youth participants toured the site, learned about the importance of the shelter, and volunteered their time to repaint the center. The conference also offered workshops. During one workshop, Elandria Williams of the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee, focused on working with youth to understand the power dynamics in their local economies. Youth discussed their experiences with issues of race and class in the economy, and how they could work to build a new solidarity economy based on the ideals of equality and community. Thom Dellwo of Cooperative FCU, Syracuse, N.Y., spent time with the youth discussing the value of money and the importance of financial education. In Dellwo's workshop, youth discussed how much money they believe is needed to live comfortably and the importance of sharing their prosperity with the community. Youth also played a financial simulation game--Mad City Money--provided by the Credit Union National Association. Mad City Money is designed to help youth understand the importance of managing their finances by simulating the multitude of expenses youth might encounter. Pascua Yaqui, Native American musician, and Alex Maldonado, artist, performed music during the opening ceremonies of the conference. Maldonado, who makes his own native flutes and drums, donated a hand-made drum to support scholarships for next year's youth conference attendees. A drawing for the drum raised more than $1,000 for next year's conference in Pittsburgh.
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