Partnering with Our Schools

loading...Financial literacy is important to each of us, particularly to the students and young adults in our communities who are the work world for the first time and face a series of new responsibilities.

Unfortunately, studies have shown that less that 25% of students and just 20% of parents say students are very well prepared to deal with the financial challenges that await them after school.

To help meet those challenges and support the community, Community Financial Youth Advisory Board provides a series of programs to help educate students.

Student-Run Credit Unions:

The Student-Run Credit Union program is one of Community Financial’s anchor programs in partnership with 35 elementary, middle and high schools. This program gives student volunteers hands-on credit union experience with an emphasis on the importance of saving and financial responsibility, all while teaching valuable career skills. Student volunteers serve as credit union tellers, branch managers, marketing representatives, computer operators and bookkeepers.


School Presentations:

Another partnership with local schools involves classroom presentations by Community Financial team members. These presentations supplement the schools’ curriculum and help the students become better prepared to meet required benchmarks and standards.

Some of the presentation topics include:
check writing, understanding credit, needs and wants, goods and services, interviewing tips and budgeting. Our team members also present Junior Achievement curriculum.

Scholarship Award Program:

Each year, Community Financial awards $11,000 in scholarships to deserving college-bound members. Administered by the Community Foundation of Plymouth and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the two scholarships are named in honor of Margaret Dunning, a former member of the Community Financial Board of Directors, and George Lawton, a former general manager, both of whom epitomize the credit union’s “People Helping People” philosophy.

"One thing I learned from the credit union is how to achieve in a job interview."
West Middle School student volunteer

"We are excited to fill our vision of teaching students the importance of saving in elementary school, providing a way to grow those savings in middle school and then offering access to their savings and checking accounts in high school. This program truly prepares students for the ´real world.´"
Natalie McLaughlin, Community Financial Sr. Education Partnership Coordinator

Some of the groups we’ve supported on behalf of our members:

American Red Cross
Amerman Elementary Solar Panels
Atlanta Community Schools
Atlanta Community Schools
Anti-Bullying Program
Beaver Lake Park
Bridgepoint Kids Against Hunge
Camp Casey
Canton Community Foundation
Canton Lions Club
Canton Township Master
Gardener Program
Canton Young Marines
Central Middle School
Christmas In Action
Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan
Community Literary Council
Community Network Services
Courageous Kids
Crossroads Industries
Detroit Area Diaper bank
Discovery Middle School
District Health Department #4
EEF - Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
First Call For Help
First Step
Friends for Life
Friends of the Penn
Friendship Shelter
Gallmore Elementary
Gaylord Area Schools
Gaylord High School Key Club
Habitat for Humanity
Hillman Area Schools
Hillman Tiger Paw Park
Hillman Varsity Football Team
Homeward Bound
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools
Johannesburg-Lewiston Band
Lamplighters of Montmorency
Lewiston Community Sharing
Love INC
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools
Johannesburg-Lewiston Band
Lamplighters of Montmorency
Lewiston Community Sharing
Love INC
Middle School Science Program
Miracle League of Plymouth
New Hope Center for Grief Support
Next Generation American
Northville Civic Concern
Northville Community Foundation
Northville Educational Foundation
Northville High School Drama Club
Northville Youth Assistance
Novi Educational Foundation
Novi Emergency Food Pantry
Novi School District
Novi Youth Assistance
OLGC Phys Ed Department
Open Door Food Ministry
Open Door Ministry
Otsego County Community Foundation
Otsego County Council on Aging
Otsego County Food Pantry
P-CCS No Athlete Left Behind
Pioneer Middle School - Classroom
Plymouth Canton Civitans Club
Plymouth Community Band
Plymouth Community Council on Aging
Plymouth Community Foundation
Plymouth Fife and Drum
Plymouth Historical Museum
Plymouth Oratorio Society
Plymouth Whalers
Pride and Honor Flight of Michigan
Region 9 Area on Aging
Salem Rocks Football
Salvation Army
Southeast Michigan Dyslexia
Special Olympics
St. Vincent DePaul Society
Student Nutrition Action Council
The Baby Basket
United Way
VFW Ladies Auxilliary
Village Theater at Cherry Hill
Waggin’ Tails Dog Rescue
Youth Leadership Plymouth