HARBOR, Ore. (8/12/10)--Credit unions reached more than 400,000 students during 2009-2010, according to data collected by the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB). Credit unions reached 413,460 students in 13,577 classroom presentations. The numbers increased for a second consecutive year despite fewer presenters reporting data at www.nyib.org. The number of students reached and presentations during the period grew by 6.3% and 7.3%, respectively, despite the number of presenters dropping to 476, a 6.7% decline. However, several credit unions are choosing to enter presentations as a team instead of individually. Averaged over five years, credit unions are posting annual increases of 9.98% in presentations given and 10.4% in students reached, NYIB said. Youth advocates in the NYIB network turned in their largest recent increase in students reached of 29.4% in 2007-2008, exceeding 300,000 students reached. Credit unions’ consistent performance despite recent economic pressure has been reassuring and rewarding to NYIB leaders. “Credit unions have responded to young people seeking guidance and fundamental financial knowledge, and not a moment too soon,” said NYIB Chairman Rebecca Isaacs, director of business development at the Credit Union Association of New Mexico. “Now is the time for our institutions to assert their uniqueness with young people. NYIB will continue to do all we can as a cooperative network to help each credit union do just that.” Anissa Arthenayake of OSU FCU, Corvallis, Ore., conducted the most classroom presentations--614. Marsha Lunden of Desert Schools CU, Phoenix, reached the most students--14,648--in the 2009-2010 reporting year. The NYIB “Top Classroom Presenter”--the person with the greatest percentage increase in classroom presentations over the previous year--was Natalie McLaughlin of Community Financial CU, Plymouth, Mich. In 2009-2010, she made 130 presentations, 150% more than in 2008-2009. “Most Students Reached” was achieved by Kim Beaulieu of Jeanne d’Arc CU, Lowell, Mass., whose 4,584 students reached was a 400.98% increase over 2008-09.