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NCUF financial reality fair conducted during GAC
WASHINGTON (3/11/11)--The National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) REAL Solutions Program held its first D.C. Financial Reality Fair in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C., last week.
Click to view larger image Volunteer Gerry Singleton helps a teen spin the National Credit Union Foundation Reality Fairs’ “Wheel of Reality” at the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
A Reality Fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students. The fair was held at the Rayburn House Office Building March 2. About 40-50 area high school students attended from H.D. Woodson High School. GAC attendees and others also stopped by to learn more about the fair’s concept. “Financial education for our nation’s youth is an integral part of the foundation’s mission as well as credit unions,” said Bucky Sebastian, NCUF executive director. The GAC event was sponsored by NCUF with support and expertise from:
* The Credit Union League of Connecticut, which created the program and materials for the D.C. fair based upon its award-winning program. Connecticut credit unions have hosted fairs since 2008 with more than 4,000 students attending the interactive educational experience. * CUNA’s Mad City Money, a hands-on simulation for youth that gives
Click to view larger image Volunteers Mark Lynch (left) and Johns Keet (right) counsel teens on their budgets after visiting all the booths at the Financial Reality Fair sponsored by the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference. (Photos provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
them a taste of the real world--complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt and medical insurance payments. To see the simulation, use the link. *America's Credit Union Museum's CU 4 Reality, a hands-on comprehensive training package centered on the interactions among students, educators, parents, credit unions and business volunteers. * HarborOne CU’s Credit for Life Fair, which has operated in high schools since 2001. The Brockton, Mass.-based credit union has won awards for its fair, which is attended by thousands of students every year. * Area credit unions such as HEW FCU, Alexandria, Va., which provided volunteers and the school connection while Congressional FCU helped with program logistics and volunteers. The Maryland & DC Credit Union Association also provided logistical support. * Credit Union Development Educators in attendance at the GAC, who also volunteered for the event.
“This fair accomplished the goal of highlighting the benefits and importance of conducting youth financial education,” said Tony Emerson, president/CEO of Connecticut league. “It also highlighted the dedication of the many credit union system volunteers that lend their time and talents to making sure these endeavors are carried out successfully.”
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