Congratulations to Connecticut’s credit unions! You might have seen this in today’s CUNA News Now -
Financial literacy efforts by the Credit Union League of Connecticut received national recognition with a Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award for the 2009-2010 school year.
A major component of the league’s eductional work was supporting the Financial Reality Fair throughout the state. The program is for high school students, who research their career choice and starting salary prior to the fair date. They are provided with a budget worksheet identifying their career choice, and during the fair, must budget according to their salary.
The Financial Reality Fair was created as part of REAL Solutions. “We believe the first step needed to improve the economic environment within a family is access to information—and the earlier the better,” said Lois Kitsch, national program manager of REAL Solutions. “The Reality Fairs offered by Connecticut credit unions through their league are REAL Financial Education Solutions. Mixing fun with learning creates a memorable experience that will remain with the students in the months and years to come.”