State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) – a huge advocate for youth financial education – helped North Carolina and SECU receive top honors at this year’s National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) Conference held in San Diego, CA. North Carolina earned its third consecutive award for the Highest Number of Students Reached through Youth Presentations with a total of 56,308 students. Team SECU walked away with two NYIB team awards, taking top honors for the Highest Number of Students Reached by a Team (55,662) and the Highest Number of Presentations Conducted by a Team (815) for the second consecutive year.
As a financial cooperative, SECU understands the importance of educating children and young adults about economics, saving, and money management. The Credit Union provides assistance as a financial resource for its young members and collaborates with local educators, state agencies and non-profit organizations across North Carolina to offer youth financial education programs for students from pre-school through college. Educational curricula includes SECU’s FAT CAT Smart Money Workbooks for elementary school students, Biz Kid$ television episodes for middle schoolers, Reality of Money activities for 8th-12th graders, the National Endowment for Financial Education® High School Financial Planning Program® and SECU’s young adult presentations designed for college students.
“NYIB is an organization that focuses on making a difference in today’s youth,” says Julie McLean, NYIB Chairman and Director of Financial Education with Arapahoe Credit Union. “We are proud of our long-lasting partnership with SECU and commend their dedication to North Carolina communities by providing financial education, changing lives one student at a time. Congratulations on their accomplishments!”