Sponsor a local teacher – or an employee who offers financial lessons in your community – to attend the National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy in Madison. It's a series of summer workshops that can help them improve the financial lessons they offer their students.
The cost of sponsorship is just $350 and covers registration, lodging, food and materials for a full week. Graduate credits are available for an additional fee, typically paid by the attendee.
If you have a youth-run, in-school branch it's a way to deepen your relationship with educators and, if not, create awareness about credit unions. The improved personal finance lessons they offer benefit tens of thousands of high school students annually. Plus, teachers welcome the help; all districts now require a course for graduation thanks to passage of a credit union-supported law. Research shows that teacher training has a positive impact on student learning.
Information about the "Credit Union Difference" is shared each year with participants. Participants also receive a Scorecard, which details the value credit unions offer members and their communities.
To sponsor, send a check payable to Edgewood College to Deb Weier at Edgewood College, 1255 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53717 and ask teachers to note your credit union as a sponsor when they register (registration will open this spring). Do not send checks to the person you're sponsoring; Edgewood must be aware of your sponsorship in order to recognize your credit union. You can also request a sample press release to tout your sponsorship.
Questions? Contact Josh Roberts at (608) 514-0080.
Wisconsin credit unions come together as a single League to Unite for Good; we remove barriers, increase awareness and foster service excellence. All of these steps help more Americans to see credit unions as their best financial partner and regard their credit union as their primary financial institution. Read more articles in our Unite for Good series.