NJCU Financial Reality Fair Program recognized by National Youth Involvement Board for most students reached by a team for second consecutive year

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 30, 2018) — At its Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner last 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 New Jersey Credit Union League’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 has 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.

About New Jersey Credit Union League

Formed in 1934, the New Jersey Credit Union League is the statewide trade association representing credit unions and is committed to the development of the credit union movement in New Jersey. Our mission includes a full range of services, programs, products and money-saving opportunities specifically designed to satisfy a credit union's operational, financial, training, compliance and overall growth and development needs. For more information visit New Jersey’s credit unions serve 1.1 million members throughout the state with financial products and services. They offer a popular alternative to traditional banks with better rates and lower fees than other institutions. For more information visit

About the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation

The New Jersey Credit Union Foundation provides financial literacy, technical assistance to small credit unions, professional development opportunities, and support for philanthropic activities in connection with New Jersey and the New Jersey credit union movement. For more information on the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation, please visit


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