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  1. // Youth & Young Adults

    NerdWallet Names Best Financial Literacy Programs at University CUs

    The NerdWallet finance blog recently named its top picks for university credit unions with financial literacy resources.

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  2. // Payday Lending

    Payday Lending News – Two New Articles

    “Poorest Americans Turning To Payday Loans To Afford Food, Electricity” from Huffington Post and “Payday Lending in America: Who Borrows, Where They Borrow, and Why” from Pew Charitable Trust.

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  3. // League Highlights

    Illinois Wraps up Second Year of Enhanced FICEP Program

    From CUNA News Now – Forty representatives from 19 Illinois credit unions are on their way to becoming Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFC) after completing the final webinar of the REAL Solutions Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FICEP) Tuesday.

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  4. // Community Development

    Self Help FCU’s Micro Branch Delivering “In-line” Financial Education to Underbanked

    Self-Help Federal Credit Union is delivering “in-line” financial education to help lead low-income people on the path to economic opportunity and security.

    The credit union received a National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Financial Education Grant this year to implement, analyze and refine their in-line education model, which is innovative delivery of “bite-size” financial management concepts at the teller line when consumers are focused on their financial decision-making. This new education model is being piloted in Self-Help FCU’s Micro Branch, a unique check casher credit union hybrid designed specifically to meet the needs of unbanked families.

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  5. // REAL Solutions News

    New Resource Guide Available for NCUF Financial Education Report

    The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) through its REAL Solutions™ program has released a resource guide for its free online report entitled “Credit Unions: Focused on Financial Capability Across the Nation,” which was released earlier this year. Both the report and new companion piece are the result of an almost yearlong data collection effort by NCUF with the help of state credit union leagues to illustrate how the credit union movement is making a difference through financial education and counseling.

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  6. // Payday Lending

    New Report from National People’s Action on Payday Lending: Profiting from Poverty

    Despite record high foreclosures, unemployment, and broken state budgets, one industry is flourishing: Payday Lending.

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  7. // REAL Solutions News

    National CU Foundation 2011-2012 Annual Report Released

    The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) recently released their 2011-2012 Annual Report entitled “Making Financial Freedom Achievable.” The report highlights NCUF activities over the 12 months. In early 2012, the Foundation announced a new mission and logo tagline, which corresponds to the theme of the annual report.

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  8. // Youth & Young Adults

    Acadia FCU Wins Desjardins Youth Financial Literacy Award

    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.
    Acadia Federal Credit Union was presented with the Desjardins Youth Financial Literacy Award at the 2012 Maine Credit Union League Annual Convention. The Awards Committee chose Acadia FCU for this award based on their outstanding leadership in financial education as well as their commitment to raise awareness and marshal resources on behalf of youth in the state of Maine.

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  9. // Biz Kid$

    Biz Kid$ Receives Three Emmy Nominations

    Biz Kid$ has received Daytime Emmy nominations in three categories including Outstanding Children’s Series, Single Camera Editing and Sound Editing from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Awards will be given on June 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.

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  10. // Youth & Young Adults

    Connecticut CUs Assist First Trinidad Reality Fair

    Michele Wallace, left, finance manager with COPOS CU in Trinidad & Tobago, chose to create a Financial Reality Fair as her project upon graduation from CaribDE (Development Educator). The student on the right is a participant.
    From CUNA News Now – Representatives from the Connecticut International Partnership Committee of the Credit Union League of Connecticut learned that assisting youth with learning how to handle finances is universal, during a Financial Reality Fair April 30 in San Fernando, Trinidad.

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  11. // Biz Kid$

    Biz Kid$ to Launch on American Forces Network

    On June 8th, Biz Kid$ will premiere worldwide as new programming from the American Forces Network (AFN) on military bases overseas. Biz Kid$ is the Emmy Award winning and credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.

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  12. // League Highlights

    Iowa CU Foundation Helping CUs Offer Financial Education to Low-Income Families

    Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) board members and credit union CEOs who received a 2011 financial education grant from ICUF through a Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation.
    The Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) has been working to build capacity within Iowa credit unions to implement financial education programs via training, technical assistance and one-time grants for financial education start-ups or expansions. The initiative was made possible by a Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).

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  13. // League Highlights

    Illinois REAL Solutions Network has First Meeting of 2012

    From CUNA News Now – Illinois REAL Solutions program partner credit unions attended their first in-person meeting of 2012 last week. They discussed attracting new members and eco-friendly loans, and compared popular prepaid cards.

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  14. // Emerging Markets

    Final Cycle of BEST Program Ongoing in NJ with Support from REAL Solutions

    The group of interns, credit union representatives, and program partners at a recent luncheon at the New Jersey Credit Union League office to discuss the experiences of Cycle VII of the Building Economic Strength Together (BEST) internship program.
    Over 54 million people and 19 percent of the United States population – or one out of every five Americans – have some type of disability and a large number of which are “unbanked” or “underbanked.” Credit unions in New Jersey are working to make a difference in this area with the Building Economic Strength Together (BEST) internship program. The BEST program is a collaborative project that provides internship opportunities for people with disabilities. The last cycle, Cycle VII, of the program is underway in New Jersey after being piloted two years ago in New Jersey.

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  15. // Youth & Young Adults

    “iBudget” – a Different Take on the Reality Fair

    We’ve posted a lot about reality fairs in the last year and for good reason – it’s such an effective learning tool for high school students and credit unions are now holding fairs from coast to coast. Some credit unions have definitely put their own stamp on them too. In this post, we’ll take a look at the interesting iBudget program from Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Decatur, Illinois.

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