In 2000, the National Endowment for Financial Education introduced Youth Financial Literacy Day and transitioned it into the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. This way the event does not promote any one organization and instead focuses on financial literacy as a whole. The Jump$tart Coalition and its approximately 150 partners expanded the event to a month-long celebration.

In 2003, the United States Senate designated April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. In March 2004, the Senate passed Resolution 316 that officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month. Today, credit unions all over the nation take part in celebrating this focus What is your credit union doing to celebrate and to spread financial education? Send pictures and a quick narrative to juli.lewis@lscu.coop.

Here are some ideas to help:

  • Schedule a financial education workshop for your employees and/or members.
  • Plan activities for “Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day” on April 26!
  • Not ready to facilitate a workshop on your own? Contact juli.lewis@lscu.coop to set up training or to help facilitate.
  • Have your employees read to elementary students (SECUF has plenty of money related book suggestions).
  • Tour a student-run branch (SECUF can help coordinate).
  • Plan to attend or send an employee to our Financial Fitness competition at SCUCE on June 8 to cheer on the students and see how your credit union can get involved next year!
  • Report your financial education presentations and number of students reached on the NYIB website. Email  the contact information for the person at your credit union responsible for financial education to juli.lewis@lscu.coop, who will follow up with instructions and guidance. Florida was in the Top 10 for the # of students reached the past two years, so there has definitely been an increase in reporting. We know that many more credit unions in both Florida and Alabama are spreading financial education and we want to show it!

Thank you again for all that you do to support the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation. Our credit unions make it possible for us to expand our initiatives and to help make a difference now and in the future. Together, we build a strong foundation!