The $636 million DATCU Credit Union in Denton, Texas, has created a new Junior Board of Directors comprising nine outstanding local high school seniors.
The Junior Board will hold regular meetings that will provide hands-on experience in leadership and an exposure to business and volunteerism alike as they learn about credit unions and participate in a group project.
“These kids are shining stars and will one day serve their community on various boards. We wanted to give them that opportunity now to observe first-hand how a board operates and makes decisions”, said Melanie Vest, the 69,600-member credit union’s senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Each of the students were selected by their school administrators and will receive a $250 scholarship for their efforts, the North Texas credit union said.
“We are very excited about this pilot program and believe that it is a wonderful opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to augment their resume and to network with other young people while gaining valuable knowledge that will not only complement their life, but those within this community,” said Pat Sherman, DATCU’s vice president of business development.
DATCU was founded in 1936 and is open for membership to anyone living or working in Denton, Cooke, Wise, Montague or Clay counties.