CHARLOTTE, NC –The New Jersey Credit Unions’ Financial Reality Fairs Program has been recognized by the National Youth Involvement Board as having the team that reached the most students.
The award was presented during the NYIB’s annual meeting here.
Kyle Jaremko, marketing manager at Princeton FCU and member of the NJCUL’s Youth Involvement Board (YIB), accepted the award on the state's behalf. Jaremko served as New Jersey's state delegate with the NYIB.
The award honors the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation (Foundation), New Jersey Credit Union League, and the N.J. credit unions that collaborated to sponsor and host a record number (in the state of New Jersey) of 16 Reality Fairs this past school year that reached over 2,800 students throughout the state. The program has reached over 11,500 students through 86 Fairs to date.
“The Reality Fair program here in New Jersey is the people helping people philosophy in action,” said Foundation Chairman Michael Hou in a statement. “The New Jersey Credit Union Foundation is proud to support credit unions across the state as they bring this important, informative, hands-on program to schools across the state. The board has made the program more affordable for credit unions and have also made more grant funds available to expand the opportunities for this program to grow year-over-year. We expect that it will continue to reach more schools and more students in the years to come.”
Bay Atlantic FCU, Campbell EFCU, Credit Union of New Jersey, Jersey Shore FCU, Members 1st of NJ FCU, Rutgers FCU, South Jersey FCU, Thunderbolt Area FCU, and Visions FCU all sponsored and hosted Reality Fairs this school year.
As a whole, U.S. credit unions reported reaching 580,460 students nationwide with financial education in 2017, according to the National Youth Involvement Board.