NJ CU Financial Reality Fair Program Recognized by National Youth Involvement Board for Most Students Reached by a Team for Second Consecutive Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At its Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner this week, the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) recognized the New Jersey Credit Union Financial Reality Fairs Program for the most students reached by a team.

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. “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.

There are five Reality Fairs scheduled for the fall of 2018 with a few sill in the planning stages:

October 26 – Rutgers New Brunswick Sponsored by Rutgers FCU (New Brunswick)
November 2 – Rutgers Camden Sponsored by Rutgers FCU (Camden)
November 28 – Woodrow Wilson High School Sponsored by South Jersey FCU (Camden)
December 5 – Howard M. Phifer Middle School Sponsored by South Jersey FCU (Pennsauken)
December 18 – Manchester High School Sponsored by the Foundation (Manchester)

The National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) is a one-stop-shop for credit unions to learn about youth savings programs, discover financial education resources, showcase individual accomplishments, and collaborate with peers. Credit unions across the country report the number of students reached through financial education programs and classroom presentations each year. As a whole, U.S. credit unions reported reaching 580,460 students nationwide with financial education in 2017.

If your credit union is interested in getting involved with the New Jersey Credit Union Financial Reality Fair Program, the NJCUL’s Youth Involvement Board, and/or the National Youth Involvement Board, please contact Marissa Anema at manema@njcul.org or 800-792-8861 ext. 117.