Today is an exciting day for us here at Currency! We are launching a new product called It's a Money Thing. This is a collection of effective and affordable financial education content. A new “content pack” is released monthly and tackles an important financial topic.
We helped Royal Credit Union (RCU), launch Young & Free Royal today. Based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin RCU has over 150,000 members, $1.35 billion in assets and 26 branches in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Along with a great line-up of helpful “Smart Start” products for the 25-and-under crowd and strong technology offerings, Royal also runs a robust school outreach program called "School Sense" with school branches in 27 locations!
I am excited to announce that Larissa Walkiw has joined Currency as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator. You may remember Larissa as our very first Young & Free Alberta Spokester and the creator of the original Difference Between Banks and Credit Unions video series way back in 2008. At the ripe old age of 19, she put Young & Free on the credit union map. Six years and 30 Spokesters later, it's an absolute thrill to have Larissa join our team.
The holiday season is upon us once again and Sandy has brought her yuletide ‘A’ game! May the holiday season bring health, wealth and peace to your credit union and to your home. Make sure to slow down and make this time of year a fun-filled celebration. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at Currency.
It's been a week since our whirlwind trip to San Diego for the finals of the 4th annual CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition. Each year, we build on the last, making the program tighter and more compelling. I am very proud of this competition and our association with CUES. I feel like we've had a real impact on the industry and the lives of our finalists and winners, plus we've had a ton of fun along the way. What more could you ask for?
The five CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Finalists will be presenting today in San Diego at the CUES' CEO/Executive Team Network™. Each Finalist will have seven minutes to present the progress or planning of their project or the results gained to date to the judging panel, the conference audience and live to the online audience. After the presentations, the judges will submit their completed score sheets and conference attendees will vote for their favorite Finalist on the spot.
In late July, Tim and I attended the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) Conference in San Diego. The NYIB focuses on financial education for youth, primarily school-aged kids and teenagers. With Young & Free’s focus on the 18-to-25 age group, it is a natural complement. Tim was brought in to conduct a full-day pre-conference session, "Moving The Young Adult Needle." Attendees learned to connect with young adults and discovered what makes Gen Y and Z tick.
I've been working with a Filene i3 team on a project we've called the Great Credit Race. I jumped on board to help with the concept and all of the design and web development work because the topic is near and dear to my heart—helping young people establish credit. There's no shortage of information, advice and tools out there to help you improve your credit score, but there is virtually nothing to help you establish credit quickly and effectively.