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Thursday, October 29, 2015

School Credit-Union Program Teaches Lifelong Money Management Skills to Students

How did you learn to manage your money?  Was it through your parents? A program or teacher in school? Or maybe you’re still figuring it out as you go?
Community Financial believes that financial literacy and money management are important life skills that all children need to know. That’s why our Student-Run Credit Union program was created back in 1990 to help make that happen.

Our program grew even stronger this year with the addition of three new school partners: Isbister Elementary in Plymouth, Kennedy Elementary in Livonia, and Atlanta Community Schools in northern Michigan. The credit union now operates 45 student-run credit unions, impacting more than 18,000 elementary, middle, and high school students.

Throughout the year, our Education Partnership Coordinators give presentations and help educate students on a full range of financial topics including: the importance of saving money, managing a budget, and general financial responsibility. We have more than 2,000 youth members here at Community Financial, and that number grows each year.

This year, not only did our partnerships grow, but we added two new team members to help support the growth of the Student-Run Credit Union program. 

Jeremy Cybulski, our new Senior Education Partnership Coordinator, has more than 16 years of credit union experience in youth financial education. A life-long member of the credit union movement, Jeremy is dedicated to instilling financial values in today's youth and making them smarter savers, and savvy consumers.  

The second addition to our Education Partnership Coordinator team is Kristen La Forest. As a former substitute teacher, Kristen’s experience working with children allows her to recognize the tools necessary for students to better understand financial concepts.
We look forward to another successful year serving our school partners. To learn more about the Student-Run Credit Union program visit

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome program. I re-read the 45 student run Credit Unions and the impact. I will definitely bring this methodology back to our Credit Union for consideration.