Recognizing the importance of personal financial literacy in North Dakota youth, Dakota West Credit Union invites teachers from kindergarten through high school throughout the communities it serves to apply for Financial Literacy Education Grants. The goal of the grants is to award teachers $250 to bring financial education into their classrooms and educate their students on the importance of focusing on personal financial responsibility.
“Helping young children understand that debit and credit cards are connected to money can be an idea that as adults, we should consider if children understand where that money goes” Juliet Jones, Marketing Coordinator for Dakota West Credit Union offered when asked about the purpose of the grants. “Helping them understand the concepts behind money movement is a good place to begin understanding personal financial responsibility.”
“Financial responsibility only grows with our children. As juniors and seniors begin to consider life after high school, understanding the financial process behind applying for and receiving college financial aid, knowing how credit scores impact their futures, and considering the added expenses when buying a vehicle are important reasons to make financial education an ongoing process,” Jones added.
Dakota West hopes teachers throughout western North Dakota embrace this opportunity to receive funding to help students prepare for the financial choices they will face. Interested teachers can download the grant application here. While teachers do not need to be members of Dakota West Credit Union to apply or receive a grant, they do need to work at schools within the Dakota West branch region.
The Financial Literacy Education Grants application period will continue through Monday, February 24 to allow teachers time to formulate ideas as to how these grants might be used in their classrooms to benefit their students. Dakota West staff members will partner with the winning teachers to develop their programs, and the be on hand at the schools to help facilitate the topics later this spring.
Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 12 on Dakota West Credit Union’s Facebook page. Dakota West also offers teachers links to existing resources and offers teachers ideas on how to engage their schools and communities in developing program ideas.
Established in 1941, each of the Dakota West Credit Union branches and its members and employees help grow the Dakota West family with exceptional commitment to building relationships and strengthening communities. Offering grants to teachers within its communities continues its focus on this growth through the next generation, and highlights one of the core values of Dakota West: Responsibility.
With branches throughout west and central North Dakota, including Washburn, Dakota West Credit Union is dedicated to helping its members grow with comprehensive, competitive financial products partnered with personal, professional service. To learn more about its services and communities, visit www.dakotawestcu.com/members/.