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<p>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – April is more than just crunch time for tax season. It is also the official month of financial literacy. With CUNA designating April 14-20 as National Credit Union Youth Week, here is a glimpse at what some credit unions have been doing to help out their younger members: Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union, Business Development/Marketing Specialist Bernadette Taverna has taught more than 140 presentations to 180 classes, reaching more than 4,000 students from first through 12th grad. Presentations cover a variety of information, from establishing savings accounts to protecting credit. Hanscom Federal Credit Union has introduced the National Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program to students in Lowell High School’s Junior Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. The AFROTC students are currently learning how to save, keep a budget, set financial goals, use a credit card, and otherwise manage personal finances. This spring, Monique Archambeault, HFCU assistant vice president of operations is teaching the 10-week course. Oregon Metro Federal Credit Union’s Warrior Branch at Oakridge High School has recently celebrated its seven-year anniversary. The student run credit union operates before school and during the lunch hour to accept deposits, make withdrawals, and take loan requests. Faculty advisors along with Oakridge Branch Manager Donna Davis oversee the students. Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union has increased student memberships over 33% this school year. Student membership offers a number of advantages, including surcharge-free ATM access, no-fee checking, free debit card, and free electronic account access. This year’s rise in student members has been attributed to the efforts of CCFCU Human Resources/Business Development Vice President Helen Powell. Powell worked with the student community to find out what is important and attractive to them. Students were most interested in electronic account services and expanded ATM access. [email protected]</p>

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