A $2,500 REAL Solutions Initiative Grant from the Wisconsin Credit Union
Foundation is helping Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Janesville
offer web-based lessons in personal finance to students from grades
The credit union is working with the
Janesville School District, where the credit union operates two
student-run credit union branches, to incorporate financial education
materials into the K-12 curriculum.
Financial education apps like
this one will help students from K-12 learn money management using
20 iPads purchased with grant funds.
Using grant funds, the credit union purchased
10 iPads that serve as portable teaching devices. Each iPad includes 20
applications that the credit union researched and selected to meet the
needs of various grade levels on key financial topics and appeal to
This summer the credit union is designing
activities for which students will use the iPad to engage in financial
learning and decision-making. Lessons will cover such areas as saving
and wealth building, improving creditworthiness and budgeting.
The credit union is also training six of its
student tellers as Financial Literacy Student Ambassadors. They will
serve as role models and leaders providing peer-to-peer financial
Thanks in part to its partnership with the
credit union, the District is requiring all students to complete a
financial literacy course prior to graduation, starting with the
2014-2015 school year.
How could your credit union help members with
a little financial assistance? Read the guidelinesfor a REAL Solutions
Initiative Grant andapplyby July 1.
For more information on Blackhawk Community's
effort, contact Chris
Murwin, Director of Member Service, at (608)