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2008 Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Education - First Place

Credit Union Association of New York

Each year the Credit Union Association of New York awards the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award for excellence in youth financial education. Cooperative Federal was honored with this award in 2008, in recognition of our innovative Youth Life Skills program and partnerships.

2008 was a particularly noteworthy year for Cooperative Federal's youth programs. In addition to a growing number of courses for youth of all ages, we completed the first, nationwide circulation of our original financial education textbook, Youth Life Skills: Planning Your Financial Future. 2008 also marked the introduced our first "Student Credit Union Days" at Ed Smith Elementary, with staff and volunteers visiting the school weekly to open special Treehouse Saver accounts and collect savings deposits.