The Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation (MCUCF) works to strengthen the credit unions and communities of Missouri. To keep you up-to-date, the Missouri Difference will include a monthly feature that outlines MCUCF's current and ongoing charitable and educational efforts.
Since Financial Education Month is just around the corner, so in this roundup we're sharing how MCUCF will collaborate with local community organizations to bring engaging, educational events to youngsters. In addition, these events will provide credit union professionals the opportunity to share important financial advice with children and young adults.
April: Financial Education Month
April is rapidly approaching. Does your credit union have plans for Financial Education Month? If your answer is no, there are a number of ways that you can get involved through MCUCF-organized events.
In partnership with Junior Achievement, MCUCF will help provide financial education services to a St. Louis County elementary school. Through this collaboration, MCUCF will work with credit union professionals to deliver financial education curriculum to students from kindergarten through fifth grade.
This program shows students how to:
"This program will prepare the youngest of students for the real world of finances," says Maria Langston, executive director of the MCUCF. "Ultimately, we want this program to grow and reach as many Missouri communities as possible through a statewide day of service run by credit union volunteers."
Over the last year, MCUCF has partnered with the Missouri Council of Economic Education (MCEE) to bring financial reality fairs to high school students throughout the state. In honor of Financial Education Month, MCUCF and MCEE will host one at Riverview Gardens High School on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Credit union volunteers from Electro Savings Credit Union and Vantage Credit Union will be manning the booths at this reality fair.
Reality fairs provide students with simulations of real-world financial situations, like buying a home or car and paying on credit card debt. This hands-on financial exercise reinforces the personal finance lessons they learn in the classroom.
Credit union volunteers are an important part of these events. They offer relevant and helpful financial advice to students, as well as spread credit union awareness.
MCUCF will announce a second location and date in the Kansas City area soon.
Reminder: Disney Raffle Contest
The contest for a magical family trip to Disney World is about halfway finished. The deadline for the public to purchase tickets is February 28. Participating credit unions that still have a surplus of tickets should continue to promote the contest on their social media platforms if possible.