MADISON, Wis. (10/12/10)--After 10 years, interest in the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award shows no signs of decline. This year saw a record number of state entries (105), national entries (58), and states represented through their leagues (30). "It’s exciting indeed to note the steady growth in credit unions’ participation in the Desjardins recognition program,” said Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Bill Cheney. “That shows that, despite serious competitive business concerns over the past decade, the movement has reinforced its historical commitment to improving members’ financial well-being from childhood on.” “Desjardins Award recipients serve to model and stimulate creative new ways to better young people’s lives through financial education. I look forward to honoring this year’s exemplary credit unions at CUNA’s 2011 Governmental Affairs Conference," Cheney said. Desjardins winners (asterisks below indicate repeat award recipients) include:
* The Credit Union League of Connecticut; * Arapahoe Credit Union,* Centennial, Colo.; * Maine Credit Union League*; * Mission SF FCU, San Francisco, Calif.; * Palmetto Citizens FCU,* Columbia, S.C.; * Travis CU, Vacaville, Calif.
Honorable mentions will be presented to:
* A+ FCU,* Austin, Texas; * Altra FCU, Onalaska, Wis.; * Credit Union 1, Anchorage, Alaska; * DOCO Regional FCU, Albany, Ga.; * Horizon CU, Spokane Valley, Wash.; and * Tinker FCU, Oklahoma City, Okla.
In December, PDFs of the winning entries will be available for viewing on CUNA’s website. The actual winning entries will be on display and the awards presented at CUNA's GAC (Feb. 27-March 3) in Washington, D.C. The youth financial education award is named for Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement. It honors credit unions for their work on behalf of youth financial literacy.