ALBANY, N.Y. (7/31/13)--The New York Credit Union Foundation (NYCUF) recently teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension to train New York teachers and community volunteers to teach financial education with the National Endowment for Financial Education's (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP).
| Trainer Barbara Henza of Cornell Cooperative Extension reviews the National Endowment for Financial Education's High School Financial Planning Program curriculum with attendees at a training session hosted by the New York Credit Union Foundation and Cornell. (Photo provided by the New York Credit Union Foundation)
The organizations hosted training sessions July 18 at The Summit FCU in Rochester and July 23 at Teachers FCU in Hauppauge.
Nearly 30 educators and credit union professionals completed the daylong sessions, which prepared them to teach the award-winning, recently updated HSFPP curriculum to youth in their area schools and community groups.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Trainer Barbara Henza reviewed each of the curriculum modules, which include: planning, borrowing, earning capability, investing, financial services and insurance. She also outlined the program resources available to educators, including: student guides, teacher lesson plans and a growing collection of online resources and learning activities.
Attendee Jackie Wiegand noted the curriculum provided through NEFE follows state and national education standards but is "presented in a fun, logical and enjoyable way. Wiegand, marketing administrator at Oswego, N.Y.-based Compass FCU, said, "My plan is to share the seminar's resources with an area teacher and to use NEFE materials for credit union workshops and any guest presentations in our local schools."
The HSFPP curriculum is used by credit unions across the state, with many providing free curriculum materials to area schools and/or teaching the financial literacy workshops themselves. The state's credit unions educated more than 35,000 youth through financial literacy programs last year, according to the Credit Union Association of New York,
"Our foundation's mission is 'fostering the financial independence of New Yorkers through credit unions,' and building youth financial literacy is a critical part of that," said Allison Barna, director of NYCUF/community development.
For the past four years, NYCUF has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide training across the state for the past four years. The organizations plan to host another session this fall.
Financial education efforts are one way credit unions can meet two key pillars--raising awareness and fostering service excellence--of the Credit Union National Association's and the state leagues' Unite for Good campaign. The campaign has three pillars--the third is removing barriers--in efforts to reach the vision where "Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner."