Credit Union Partnership Helps Students Set a Path For Financial Success

Unitus Community Credit Union is partnering with Impact NW to help students improve their financial standing at six Portland high schools.

5/7/2019

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To help build long-term financial independence in low-income communities, Unitus Community Credit Union is offering financial literacy training to high schoolers in the Portland area 

The Oregon-based credit union is partnering with Impact NW, a nonprofit organization that works with Portland Public Schools and industry leaders to help high schoolers build careers, learn money management skills, and improve their financial standing. 

We work with our members every day to help them reach their financial goals and achieve their dreams,” said Unitus Business Development Officer, Lori Williams“With a program like this, everyone wins: the students, our community, the Portland economy, and even beyond that.” 

Williams teaches all the financial literacy courses covering subjects such as banking, budgeting, credit, investing, risk management, and entrepreneurship. Students receive extra credit for completing the financial courses and can take them before or after school. Williams has already hosted five financial training courses for students 

Impact NW provides students with a variety of vocational training, including metals, woodshop, and manufacturing. It also offers career assistance through apprenticeships, internships, job fairs, and more. 

Six Portland high schools currently participate in the program, including Franklin High School, Centennial High School, Rosemary Anderson High School, Reynolds Learning Academy, Fir Ridge High School, and David Douglas High School.  
 
“These courses, combined with vocational training that Impact NW provides, fill a huge need for these young people,” Williams said. “What on honor to partner with an organization so committed to helping these often overlooked kids succeed.”