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  1. // Emerging Markets

    Truliant FCU Assisting Entrepreneurs in Underserved Areas with Financial Literacy

    Marjorie Rorie, Director of Community Services for Truliant Federal Credit Union chats with students during the credit union's REAL Entrepreneurship class.
    Thanks to Truliant Federal Credit Union’s Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) Entrepreneurship Program, small business owners and entrepreneurs are receiving a comprehensive education on financial and business literacy in underserved and rural communities in North Carolina.

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  2. // Youth & Young Adults

    Acadia FCU Recognized Nationally for Youth Financial Literacy Efforts

    Sixth-graders learn how to write a check as part of the Paradise Paycheck activity at the Dollars & $ense Fair held in April at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
    After receiving a first place nod in the state of Maine for partnering with the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) and working with them to create a Financial Literacy Program for the youth of the St. John Valley, Acadia FCU has been awarded second place at the National Level. The National Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Education honors credit unions for their commitment to youth financial literacy. This year, organizations from 29 states entered the competition with 5 first place winners, 3 second place winners and 4 honorable mentions.

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  3. // Youth & Young Adults

    Carter FCU Combines Financial Ed & Entertainment

    Carter Federal Credit Union (CFCU) is increasing opportunities to access financial education and financial counseling services through its Collaborative Financial Education Pilot Program that combines education with entertainment for an innovative approach to financial education.

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  4. // Events

    Credit Union Experiential Learning Colloquium Set for Jan. 31, 2013

    Credit unions are committed to financial literacy and members’ well being. But traditional outreach, especially to large groups like students and SEG employees, often falls short. The answer is not a better flyer or a perkier speaker. Instead, explore with us the idea of experiential learning – learning through doing.

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  5. // REAL Solutions News

    “Money Rules” Book by Bestselling Author & Finance Expert Jean Chatzky Available from NCUF

    Copies of the new book “Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security” by bestselling personal finance author Jean Chatzky are now available from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). “Money Rules” contains a set of smart, actionable, engaging rules that if followed will allow readers to enjoy a lifetime of financial security and eliminate their stress about money.

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  6. // Youth & Young Adults

    CT League Financial Reality Fair Surpasses 10,000 Student Mark

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), left, takes a turn at spinning the Wheel of Reality with Tony Emerson, president/CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, at the Financial Reality Fair held Wednesday at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
    To mark the milestone of 10,000 Connecticut students participating in Financial Reality Fairs since the start of the program during the 2008-2009 school year, more than 500 students from 14 local high schools attended a fair held at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford on 10/24/12.

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  7. // Youth & Young Adults

    First Financial CU Helps Native American High Schoolers Manage Money with ‘Crazy Cash City’ Fair

    High School students show their purchase options at the “Crazy Cash City” money-spending simulation held by First Financial Credit Union and First Nations Development Institute.
    Around 200 teens in Gallup, N.M. recently got a taste of money management by attending the unique “Crazy Cash City” money-spending simulation on October 9-11, 2012. The event was hosted by First Financial Credit Union in partnership with First Nations Development Institute for local high school students, the majority of whom are Native American. The exercise – which was a test of a new pilot program – was intended as an experiential learning opportunity for students taking a financial literacy class this semester.

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  8. // Events

    “From Financial Literacy to Financial Capability” Report Available From Filene

    From the Filene Research Institute – The old proverb goes, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Consider a chain that links consumers’ current financial status and well-being with their ideal situations. Where is the stress point? We need look no further than consumers themselves.

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  9. // Youth & Young Adults

    Texas CU League Celebrates Growth of CU 4 Reality

    From CUNA News Now – A healthy dose of reality goes a long way, when it comes to shaping kids’ knowledge of and perceptions about their finances. That is the philosophy behind the “CU 4 Reality” program offered by the Texas Credit Union League. CU 4 Reality Fairs is a turn-key program available to the 81 Texas credit unions that participate in the league’s statewide REAL Solutions initiative designed to help Texans of modest means.

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  10. // League Highlights

    Illinois Serves as First League to Host REAL Solutions Retirement Fair for Staff

    Last Thursday, the Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) was the first League in the nation to host for its staff a dynamic, new Retirement Fair created by the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) REAL Solutions Program in cooperation with CUNA Mutual Group.

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  11. // Emerging Markets

    NCUF Calls for Credit Unions to Submit Proposals to CFSI Fund

    The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is encouraging credit unions to submit grant proposals to the Financial Capability Innovation Fund II (FCIF II), an initiative led by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the nation’s leading authority on underserved consumers. FCIF II will provide valuable financial and technical assistance to innovative nonprofit-led interventions designed to promote financial capability among low-income and underserved consumers. Credit unions are able to submit applications in response to CFSI’s recently released Request for Proposals that outlines the competitive process for distribution of $2.5 million of grant funding.

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  12. // League Highlights

    Mississippi CUs Making Strides with Financial Counseling Program

    Prior to the first REAL Solutions enhanced version of the Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) to certify credit union financial counselors, there was only one certified financial counselor in credit unions in Mississippi. Eighteen months and two programs later, there are now 59 certified credit union financial counselors in 17 credit unions in Mississippi.

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  13. // League Highlights

    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.

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  14. // REAL Solutions News

    “Route Your Retirement” – NCUF Retirement Fair Promo Video

    The National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions Program in cooperation with the CUNA Mutual Group has developed a new Retirement Fair to assist credit unions help their member and staff better prepare for retirement. The fair is designed to have people think more carefully about the type of lifestyle they would like to pursue in retirement and then link it to their financial plan.

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  15. // Credit Unions

    Elderly Suffer as Financial Abuse Grows

    From USA Today – Financial abuse of the elderly is getting worse, and most seniors don’t know how to seek reliable financial help.

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