How Northwest Credit Unions Can Help Schools Teach About Money With Free and Low-Cost Resources

An innovative partnership between a credit union and a local college of education will provide free financial literacy lesson plans in English and Spanish.

Calling Oregon Credit Unions: Take Survey by Monday to Help State Increase Access to Financial Education

Oregon credit unions have an opportunity to be part of a Financial Literacy Working Group the State Treasurer is establishing in March. Fill out a quick survey by February 29 to earn a seat at this important table.

New Video: Transforming Teens’ Financial Literacy Skills

A new video from the NCUF highlights the power of Financial Reality Fairs to transform high schoolers’ understanding of personal financial management.

The Berenstain Bears Go To O Bee Credit Union

The beloved Berenstain Bears® children’s book characters are coming to a credit union near you, especially if you live near O Bee Credit Union. O Bee is bringing an innovative financial education program featuring the bears to Washington.

BECU Closes all Branches to Teach Teens Financial Literacy

During its “Closing for Good” event, the credit union closed all of its locations for half a day and sent all 1,300 staff to teach financial literacy at local high schools.

SMCU Develops Financial Education Program for Young Adults

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union is earning accolades for a financial education program designed for young adults. Financially Fit has captured the attention of legislators.

Collaborate With Schools on ‘Experiential Learning’ in Financial Literacy

Credit unions have long delivered on the financial education mission. CUNA Mutual Group’s Mark Lynch has some innovative ideas about credit unions collaborating to find out directly from the students what will keep them engaged in financial learning.

CFPB Gathers Educators and Advocates to Explore Financial Education Effectiveness

Classroom education is not enough, a gathering of financial educators and advocates finds. Some of the initiatives being driven by credit unions are key to improving students’ financial capability.

National Credit Union Youth Week: Preparing the Next Generation for Financial Success

On the eve of National Credit Union Youth Week, Junior Achievement’s Amy Spencer takes a look at the current state of financial education and talks about some of the programs available now to help kids achieve a better financial future.

April is National Financial Literacy Month; How Will Your Credit Union Celebrate?

From bake sales on Financial Fitness Day to volunteering at Reality Fairs and helping young people “Catch the $ave Wave,” credit unions will shine a spotlight on the importance of financial education in April. How will you celebrate National Financial Literacy Month? We’ve got loads of ideas!

With ‘JA in a Day,’ OSU Federal Can Teach Financial Literacy Lessons to Children Quickly

OSU Federal is partnering with Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington and students from Oregon State University to teach financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship and more to elementary- and middle-school students in a unique, one-day program called “JA in a Day.”

On ‘Googolplex’ Editorial Board, Students Can Help Shape Financial Literacy Websites

Applications are being accepted now for spots on the youth editorial board for the CUNA microsite “Googolplex: The Credit Union Guide for Student Moneymakers.” Students on the board will play a key role in designing financial literacy tools for children and young adults.

‘Piggy Bank Hero’ T-Shirts Help Junior Achievement Spread the Word about Financial Literacy

He isn’t faster than a speeding bullet, and he probably can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound. But the pink pig adorning new T-shirts from Junior Achievement and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is a superhero nonetheless.

Maps, Western Oregon University, and ‘BizKid$’ Partner to Prepare Teachers

A partnership between Maps Credit Union, Western Oregon University, and “Bizkid$” will better prepare teachers to help students grow their financial capabilities. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation reports on the unique program that could provide solutions for other credit unions hoping to partner with colleges and universities.

For Northwest Credit Unions, “Financial Literacy Month” is a Year-round Commitment

The spotlight shines on financial literacy all month and in particular on young people during national “National Credit Union Youth Week” April 21-27, 2013. But for Northwest credit unions, helping consumers manage their money and grow their financial capability skills is a year-round focus.

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Maps Partners with WOU to Bring Financial Literacy to University’s Mentoring Program

Maps Credit Union is helping to fund scholarships for student peer mentors at Western Oregon University, and the university, in turn, is working closely with Maps to add a financial literacy component to the mentoring program’s curriculum.

Oregon Financial Education Summit Crosses Industry Lines to Help Unbanked Consumers

The average unbanked household spends an average of $800 to $1,000 each year just to cash checks and pay bills. On Thursday, individuals from across Oregon will search for answers together at the 2013 Financial Education Summit. Will your credit union have a seat at the table?