FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (11/29/07)--The Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF) has awarded $28,000 to Junior Achievement (JA) programs in six Texas communities. JA programs in Abilene, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Longview and Tyler will receive the grants, which are used to implement JA’s youth financial and entrepreneurship programs, using local credit union volunteers in schools (LoneStar Leaguer
Nov. 28). To receive the grants, local JA organizations had to have partnership with a local credit union or chapter. The grants are being used in various ways:
* In Longview, East Texas professional CU volunteers will help bring in the second grade program, “Our Community” to more than 2,750 students; * Volunteers from Texans CU, Dallas, will share their time and experience at a local high school that is 95% Hispanic, and 300 students will participate in the JA Financial Literacy five-unit program; * In Houston, Smart Financial CU employees will volunteer at the JA BizTown--a life-size replica of a city--and participate in a daylong interactive program educating students about various aspects of running a business; and * The Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions will offer volunteers to help administer the full JA curriculum to its two partner schools in Fort Worth.
The JA grants also will leverage Bizkid$ financial literacy series for kids, produced in partnership with Junior Achievement Worldwide and America’s Credit Unions. Ten Texas PBS stations expect to begin airing Bizkid$ in January 2008. TCUF is one of the charter sponsors of Bizkid$.