MADISON (7/6/09)--New members of the Googolplex youth editorial board delivered their first evaluations of the latest stories and games to appear in the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) online periodical for credit union members under 18. Next year, the board--whose members range in age from 9 to 16--will critique content about money and consumer issues. Each board member also will write a Googolplex article, to ensure that the Web magazine remains relevant and interesting to subscribing credit unions’ young members. “Our editorial board members keep us on track with their feedback,” said Managing Editor Rena Crispin. “When they don’t like something, they’re blunt about it, which makes their praise all the more satisfying. They take their responsibility to represent our readers’ interests very seriously, and help keep Googolplex informative, interesting and fun for credit union members throughout the K-12 grades.” Youth board members have diverse backgrounds and are scattered nationwide. Staff of CUNA’s Center for Personal Finance selected members for their ability to provide frank and detailed criticism of what appears on Googolplex’s three age levels. CUNA also considered communication skills and writing ability.
Representative members from the three levels of the 2009-10 Googolplex editorial board:
* 5-Spot: Mary, 9, is an elementary school student who is a member of CEFCU, Peoria, Ill. She enjoys baking and recently started her own business, “Mary’s Sweet Treats.” She wants to become a teacher. “I want to help others to learn new things,” she said. * AJ’s: Tommy, 13, is a member of the NRL FCU, Oxon Hill, Md. He has a strong desire to learn more about “being smart with money.” Tommy plays on his middle school's football and basketball teams, and announces sports games for his school via the Internet. * C-Note: Alexandra, 14, is a high-school student and member of Suncoast Schools FCU, Tampa, Fla. She excels at the arts and was nominated for Young Artist of the Year through a local organization. She also is active with her local church--teaching an art class that she started and helping with “Southwest Florida Outreach,” a group that provides food, clothing and financial assistance for the homeless.
Googolplex includes three customizable websites that feature interactive games, videos and stories dealing with money matters and life issues, including the benefits of credit union membership. They are available with a single annual subscription.