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Wis, Minn High Schoolers At Co-op Leadership Conference
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (4/10/13)--Members of the Minnesota Family Involvement Council educated high school students about credit unions last month at the Cooperative Network's "Co-ops YES!" Youth Leadership Conference in Eau Claire, Wis.

More than 100 high school students from Minnesota and Wisconsin attended the Cooperative Network's 2013 Youth Leadership Conference. The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation funded scholarships for students' attendance. Conference programming on cooperative careers was provided by the Minnesota Family Involvement Council. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation)
About 100 attendees learned about the role and operation of cooperatives, leadership skills and problem-solving techniques.

The council is a Minnesota Credit Union Foundation committee focused on financial education. A grant from the foundation provided scholarship funding for three students to attend the conference.

The FIC provides financial awareness solutions, including an annual college scholarship program. This is the fourth year that council members have spoken at the Youth Leadership Conference. Speakers included Bridget Moeller of Greater Minnesota CU, Mora, Minn.; Amanda Kissner of Wakota FCU, South St. Paul, Minn.; and Andrea Molnau of United Educators CU, Apple Valley, Minn.

During the FIC's session, "Credit Unions: A Financial Cooperative, A Career," presenters outlined the difference between credit unions and other financial institutions, talked about credit unions' philosophy of "people helping people," and discussed credit union social responsibility programs and partnerships.

The presenters also talked about credit union careers and took questions from the audience.
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