Knoxville Credit Union Outreach Program Helping Students with Financial Literacy

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – The Y-12 Federal Credit Union helps the community by using the Fusion Outreach program to build student knowledge of personal finance.

John Nolan is the Financial Outreach Manager. He leads the credit union’s financial education initiative in local schools.

“We have a huge financial literacy crisis. I’m kind of talking about the unspoken crisis that we don’t really deal with, especially when it comes to managing money properly,” Nolan said.

Nolan and his team have already partnered with a dozen high schools to teach students the importance of financial education.

He said they are there to meet and support students on their financial journey. The program is intended to supplement what is already being taught, so its advisers will visit two to 10 times a year, as needed.

Students are given real-world scenarios through interactive budgeting simulations and different learning modules.

“It brings real-world adoption to these students in a safe environment where if they mess up, it’s okay. In fact, we actually want them to mess up because we’re saying, ‘Here, let’s talk of that, let’s break that down and find out what it looks like.’ How can we improve in this area,” Nolan said.

Nolan said he’s adopted a new program this year to bring in student ambassadors to help advocate for the cause.

They also hope to be in six other high schools and more than a dozen college campuses by the end of the year.

To learn more about Y-12 Fusion Outreach, visit y12fcu.org/fusion-outreach to contact the team.

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