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N.Y. foundation FEST highlights NEFE update
ALBANY, N.Y. (8/15/12)--The New York Credit Union Foundation, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, last week hosted Financial Education Summer Training, featuring an introduction to the updated National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP).

Barbara Henza, community educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension, presented recent updates to the National Endowment for Financial Education's High School Financial Planning Program at the New York Credit Union Foundation's Financial Education Summer Training last week. (Photo provided by the New York Credit Union Foundation).
The training, held at the Credit Union Association of New York's offices in Albany, N.Y., attracted nearly 50 participants from 19 credit unions and 13 school organizations.

NEFE HSFPP, a non-commercial, personal financial curriculum for high school students, was recently updated.

"A key goal is to provide youth and adults with the financial skills necessary for a sound financial future, said NEFE presenter Barbara Henza, community educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Keynote speaker Colin Ryan, a comedian, national speaker, author and creator of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions' financial literacy program, Economy of Me, discussed presenting to high schoolers using pop culture and comedy to create engaging, entertaining and memorable conversations about money.

Laura Rog, director of training and technical assistance at generationOn, a global youth service movement, spoke about the importance of teaching philanthropy and community responsibility to youth.

Jody Carpenter, vice president of marketing and business development at UFirst FCU, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Neil Folnsbee, youth program coordinator at Corning (N.Y.) FCU, closed out the program by sharing their experiences with reality-based teaching in classrooms.


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