August 14, 2012
Credit Union professionals making financial literacy presentations in schools have a time-saving friend in the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB). Now that Gesa Credit Union Education Specialist Teresa Shively has been elected to serve as the NYIB’s Northwest Regional Coordinator, they will hear a lot more about the available resources.
Shively was elected to her new post at the NYIB Annual Conference in New Orleans, held from July 30 to Aug 2, 2012. She has been active in the NYIB for four years and has found it to be a helpful lifeline in her role as Gesa’s education specialist.
“My programs have evolved due to the support and involvement with the NYIB,” she said. “It’s just a great support system, because people are doing things across the country and reach out to share all the time.”
Through the NYIB listserv and website, credit union professionals have access to already-prepared presentations and other resources helpful in teaching financial literacy to youth “from preschool to high school.”
The NYIB was founded in 1972 as a grassroots effort to grow youth participation in the credit union movement. It has evolved to become a rich teaching resource for credit union professionals. For example, Shively is impressed with tutorials offered on how to connect with high school-aged students, so they will be engaged during the presentations.
Credit union professionals are often a major resource for school districts tasked with fulfilling financial education requirements but lacking the teaching staff to do so.
Shively noted that the NYIB website encourages credit unions to register their presentations. Last year, she said, 413,000 Washington students were reached through such presentations. Credit unions not participating through the NYIB could be missing out on shared resources.
The NYIB offered scholarships for participation in the Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) program as well as for its own annual conference.
Shively is not only inviting financial literacy professionals to share the NYIB’s resources, she is also asking for their input as she prepares for a September executive committee meeting.
“We want NYIB to be representative of all of us, and feedback is essential,” she said. Shively can be contacted through Gesa Credit Union.
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