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Home > Members First Credit Union of Florida’s Inaugural Financial Fitness Fair Challenges High School Seniors to Make Real World Financial Decisions
Members First Credit Union of Florida’s Inaugural Financial Fitness Fair Challenges High School Seniors to Make Real World Financial Decisions4/15/2024

Members First team members in front of student-run Members First Credit Union of Florida branch at BTWHS

Members First Credit Union of Florida presented its first ever Financial Fitness Fair at Booker T. Washington High School in partnership with the school’s Senior Executive Board on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. There, Members First team members guided high school seniors through a reality-based interactive financial challenge.

During the event, coinciding with National Financial Literacy Month in April, seniors were placed in randomly assigned groups, provided with fictitious careers, family profiles, monthly expenses, and were tasked with navigating various life choices. Students made important budgeting and spending decisions in categories like transportation, housing, food, childcare, and entertainment. Additionally, they had the opportunity to seek guidance from Members First team members on topics like saving, investing, credit building, loans, and understanding risks like identity theft and fraud.

Students and Members First team members at Financial Fitness Fair
Students and Members First team members at Financial Fitness Fair

The experience was enlightening for numerous students, with some expressing surprise at the high costs of health insurance, childcare, and groceries. One student acknowledged the importance of saving of unexpected circumstances, while another mentioned contemplating a different career path for the future.

Members First aims to broaden the reach of its Financial Fitness Fair, extending the initiative to other high schools within its membership area, encompassing Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Plans include making the fair an annual fixture to further enhance financial education among youth.

 

Financial Literacy And You

Members First Credit Union of Florida is dedicated to your financial well-being. That's why we offer numerous educational tools and resources like articles, financial calculators, and lesson plans to help you stay on top of your finances. Additionally, you can meet one-on-one with a certified financial counselor at our branches on Garden St. and Nine Mile Rd. to gain insight on financial matters or work through debt crisis.

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Meet Joanne — Members First Financial Fitness Coach

Joanne Hyatt, the Chief Lending Officer at Members First Credit Union of Florida, is a certified financial counselor/coach dedicated to assisting members in reducing debt and effectively managing financial responsibilities to enhance their financial stability.

She brings over a decade of experience in the financial industry to her role as Chief Lending Officer at Members First Credit Union of Florida. As a certified financial counselor, Joanne is committed to helping members achieve their financial goals by providing personalized guidance and support. Schedule an appointment with Joanne at the Garden Street branch for expert advice on creating a comprehensive financial plan tailored to your needs.

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