Welcome to the NC Credit Union League’s Youth Financial Education page! Here you will find news, articles, updates and links to resources concerning Financial Literacy. The League is committed to helping Credit Unions increase the Financial Literacy of both its members and the communities they serve. For more information on how the League can help your Credit Union begin or expand its Financial Education Program, please contact Lauren Whaley.
The Reality of Money
The Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) of North Carolina combined forces over the past two years to develop the Reality of Money, an interactive, financial education simulation designed for students in grades 8 - 12. Students learn, as they participate, about the impact their choices make in their budget and lifestyle, as they are "transformed" into wage earning, bill paying and financially independent young adults.
The Reality of Money is available for credit unions in NC to use free-of-charge (credit unions may choose to make a voluntary gift to the Carolinas CU Foundation in support of the activities of the NC CUDE Network). "The CUDEs wanted to provide a powerful financial lesson available to as many students as possible," said Jeff Hardin, NCCUL's Director of Communications. "The CUDEs have done a great job of developing a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that will help credit unions implement the Reality of Money in their local communities."
For more information on the Reality of Money, please click here, or contact Jeff Hardin at (800) 822-8859, ext. 9063.
Credit Unions in Schools
Credit Unions impact the lives of young people in North Carolina through their partnerships with others in the community and by presenting financial education sessions in schools. Credit Unions have taken the additional step of investing in young people by opening a total of 15 in-school branches across the state. These credit unions branches not only give students the opportunity to more easily develop good financial habits, but also provide job training to the nearly 100 students who operate the branches. These efforts speak to the heart of the credit union philosophical mission of "people helping people" and make the credit unions a natural model of leadership in increasing financial education.
Financial Education Links
NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
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Youth Financial Education Advisory Committee
The mission of the Youth Financial Education Advisory Committee's is to provide guidance and communication between chapters, credit unions, and the league on behalf of credit unions efforts to promote youth financial education in North Carolina. Additionally, the committee will educate credit union staff, volunteers, members, and their local school systems about the availability of the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program.
For more information on how your credit union can begin providing the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program free to high school students in your area please contact Lauren Whaley.