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    Texas CU Foundation Expands Financial Education Initiative in Texas

    A group presents techniques and best practices for teaching financial education in schools at the 2012 Foundation FOCUS in-person meeting this past February in Dallas, Texas.
    Thanks to the ‘Foundation FOCUS’ statewide initiative from the Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF), Texans are working together to improve the financial well-being in their communities, from preschool to adulthood. The collaborative financial literacy initiative was expanded with the help of a National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Financial Education Grant.

    “Texas consistently has had one of the lowest average credit scores of any state in the country,” said Courtney Moran, TCUF Executive Director. “Texas credit unions as well as the Texas Credit Union Foundation see the need and are taking great strides in bringing financial awareness to credit union members and classrooms throughout the state.”

    The Foundation FOCUS initiative includes training events such as “train-the-trainer” workshops for Texas credit union staff and a network of professionals in the state to teach and discuss financial literacy concepts to consumers of all ages. In the past year, TCUF set a goal of establishing FOCUS as the premier program promoting financial education in Texas by increasing the number of Foundation FOCUS network members and the number of financial education trainings throughout Texas. They also wanted to expand the reach of FOCUS to encompass adult financial education in addition to youth. TCUF has since completed all of their goals and continues to grow the FOCUS initiative.

    TCUF’s financial education outreach includes the promotion and teaching of Sammy the Savings Rabbit, Money Mammals, and Thrive By Five™ for preschool to elementary ages, Biz Kid$ for middle school students, the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) for high school students, and Debt in Focus and the Consumer Credit Counseling Services curricula for adults, with a focus on the underserved.

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