ALEXANDRIA, Va. (4/3/13)--Financial education is often a serious topic, but the National Credit Union Administration on Tuesday announced it is taking a different tack: The agency has developed a new game to help teach youngsters how they can make better financial decisions.
The game, called "Hit the Road," is hosted on the NCUA's financial literacy microsite, Pocket Cents. In the game, participants travel on a cross-country trip to Colorado. They earn and spend money along the way, and learn how to keep track of their funds through their credit union accounts.
"NCUA is deeply committed to promoting financial literacy and educating consumers of all ages to make better choices," Chairman Debbie Matz said in a release.
The agency has also provided new financial tips for consumers of all ages on Pocket Cents and the consumer website MyCreditUnion.gov. New resources posted on those pages include details on the cost of education and homeownership, and information to help retirement planning, debt management, online financial security and emergency planning.
The game and tips are part of the NCUA's observance of April's National Financial Literacy Month. Credit unions also will be participating in two annual national efforts sponsored by the Credit Union National Association: National Credit Union Youth Week, April 21-27, and the National Youth Saving Challenge. (See April 1 News Now story: Financial Literacy Month Kicks Off, Financially Fit Day Is Wednesday.)