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Maine CUs youth fin ed efforts featured on radio
WESTBROOK, Maine (9/2/09)--The Maine Credit Union League participated in radio interviews to discuss the teaching and learning opportunities that back-to-school shopping can offer to help children better understand personal finance and money management. Jon Paradise, league governmental and public affairs manager, told parents how to incorporate simple financial skills and topics into a back-to-school shopping trip. In separate interviews that aired recently on the morning shows of two of the top stations in the Augusta/Waterville radio markets, he discussed setting a budget, taking advantage of coupons and sales, and getting the most value and return on spending. “Helping children of all ages better understand money does not have to only happen in schools but can be incorporated in simple, everyday events and activities,” Paradise said. “Making kids a part of shopping is an easy way to introduce and strengthen fiscal responsibility concepts in a way in which it can be fun and educational.” The interviews also referenced the free resources that the league and Maine’s credit unions offer for youth financial education, including fitness fairs held throughout the state, in-school presentations and a growing clearinghouse of resources and ideas on the league’s Youth Financial Services link on the league’s website. Jon James, co-host of the Moose Morning Show on 92 MOOSE radio in Augusta, one of the stations that aired the interview, applauded Maine credit unions for “taking the initiative to look for ways in which kids can be exposed to financial education by bringing attention to tasks and activities that parents can talk and work with their children on. “Credit unions are doing a great service by bringing awareness to this issue and offering ways in which we can engage our children and help them become financially responsible and successful adults,” he added. “As a parent, I really appreciate that.”
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