Northern Credit Union launches financial literacy initiative
Sault Ste. Marie, ON. (November 8, 2017) — Northern Credit Union, with the help of local curling hometown heroes, Team Jacobs, today unveiled a financial literacy initiative for grades nine and ten students in Northern’s region. The timing is right given that November is financial literacy month, and the high-spending holiday gift-giving season is just around the corner. Northern Credit Union and Team Jacobs are delivering financial literacy tool kits and student resources to schools throughout the north.
“We’re proud to be bringing this fun and informative initiative to high schools in the region,” said Tony Dunham, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Operations for Northern Credit Union. “Beyond what students are already learning in the classroom, using this online game and other resources to learn how to manage your personal finances at an early age will pay significant dividends later in life.”
This initiative complements what is already covered in the curriculum and features several elements including:
- An online game called Surviving the Financial Wild (survivingthefinancialwild.com) to help students learn and navigate personal financial challenges and opportunities;
- A financial literacy tool kit, including a board-game version of Surviving the Financial Wild, Financial Survival Guidebooks, and financial trivia questions to help teach students the principles of financial literacy;
- A financial literacy website (northernknowhow.com) with videos and other resources to help students and teachers alike;
- A series of financial literacy columns featured on the Village Media Network, providing tips and insights about responsible personal financial management;
“We’re excited to be part of helping teenagers learn about responsible financial management. And the game makes it entertaining,” said Brad Jacobs, skip of Canada’s Gold Medal-winning curling team. “I just wish we’d had a fun way to learn like this when I was in high school.”
During this financial literacy initiative, three students and their respective schools, will win prizes from Northern (a $250 gift card for each winning student, and $2,000 for each of the winners’ schools). To enter, students simply play the Surviving the Wild online game and their names will be entered in a random draw at the end of the month.