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Grant to expand Americas CU Museum program
MANCHESTER, N.H. (10/29/08)--A $25,000 Innovation Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation will expand CU 4 Reality, a financial education program provided by America’s Credit Union Museum.
Middle school students visit America's Credit Union Museum in Manchester, N.H., to sign up for the CU 4 Reality Financial Education Fair. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
CU 4 Reality fosters partnerships between credit unions and middle schools to educate youth about fiscal responsibility. Its two-year curriculum combines career development and financial education. It is designed to:
* Guide students to select careers that will support their desired lifestyles; * Teach students basic financial literacy; * Provide credit unions opportunities to offer financial literacy support in partnership with educators; * Give educators a ready-to-use curriculum that is adaptable for the classroom.
Classwork is combined with hands-on learning experiences, and culminates in an interactive CU 4 Reality Financial Education Fair. “[The program’s growth] will help position credit unions as innovators and leaders in financial literacy education and community service,” said Peggy Powell, museum executive director. “It will also foster a familiarity with credit unions among our youth, an important emerging market for all credit unions.” Program grants are made possible through the Community Investment Fund.
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