The Desjardins Youth/Adult Financial Education Awards recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth/adult financial literacy. They consider all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and nonmembers, including, but not limited to, face-to-face teaching, publicity, lobbying for curriculum requirements, teacher and volunteer training, and promotion and use of the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP).

Naming these awards after Alphonse Desjardins emphasizes the movement's long-time commitment to financial literacy. Besides founding the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires.

2018 statewide winners were recognized at the League Convention, and they were featured i​n this video​.​


2018 Winners - Youth

ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million - $1 billion
1st Place: Financial Center First CU
Improving the Financial Lives of the Community
Despite being one of the most important skills someone can have, financial education isn’t taught in school. Learning how to make good financial decisions is especially important for young people living in poverty-prone areas in Marion County. Financial Center First CU focuses on providing youth financial education outreach to organizations and schools that primarily serve low-income children. Some of the sessions include: how the banking system works, the important role of credit and how to build it, the importance of paying yourself first. The credit union also offers daylong financial simulations that bring basic budgeting and financial skills into practice.

2nd Place: Heritage FCU
Kirby Kangaroo Movie Club
The credit union has revamped its Kirby Kangaroo Club program by giving it a new look and a new name, calling it the Kirby Kangaroo Movie Club. The goal is to generate more interest, encourage youth savings habits and create excitement about saving and financial literacy. Each member receives a Kirby Kangaroo Movie Club stamp card when they make a deposit into their Kirby Kangaroo savings account. Each time they make a $5 deposit, the get a stamp. Once they have five stamps ($25 deposited), they turn in their card to receive a free movie ticket to a local cinema. This not only gives the kids something to get excited about and to work toward, but it also shows them how much fun saving can be. They learn that by saving their money they will be rewarded.

2018 Winners - Adult

ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million - $1 billion
1st Place: Financial Center First FCU
Improving the Financial Lives of the Community
These days, finances are more complex and financial options are more diverse – leading to a knowledge disparity and more opportunity for people to be taken advantage of. To combat these issues, Financial Center employs two full-time people to lead its financial literacy program. They deliver education to members, not-for-profit organizations, churches, businesses and immigrants through workshops, one-on-one counseling, and online learning – focusing on serving people in the way they prefer to learn. As a result, Financial Center’s financial literacy programs impacts more than 5,700 people annually. In the past year the credit union has increased its reach significantly by making a special effort to educate employees of SEG partners and by offering an online learning platform.

2017 Winners - Youth

ASSET CATEGORY: $50-$250 million
1st place: Afena FCU
Youth Financial Literacy Program
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million-$1billion
1st place: Financial Center First CU
Improving the Lives of Today’s Youth
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million-$1billion
2nd place: Crane CU
Franklin Middle School Reality Store
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $1 billion or more
1st place: Purdue FCU
Purdue Federal Credit Union Financial Literacy

2017 Winners - Adult

ASSET CATEGORY: $50-$250 million
1st place: Afena FCU
Claire the Afena Blog Mom
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million - $1 billion
1st place: Financial Center First CU
Improving the Financial Lives of Adults through Financial Literacy
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million - $1 billion
2nd place: Via CU
H2O Community Classes
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million - $1 billion
Honorable Mention: Partners 1st FCU
Laying a Foundation in Personal Finance Management with Young Adults at Local Colleges

2016 Winners - Youth

ASSET CATEGORY: $50-250 million
1st Place: CrossRoads Financial FCU
CrossRoads Youth Advisory Board
 

2016 Winners - Adult

ASSET CATEGORY: $50-250 million
1st Place: Afena FCU
Claire, the Afena Blog Mom
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $250 million - $1 billion
1st Place: Financial Center First FCU
Adult Financial Literacy
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $1 billion and more
1st Place: Teachers CU
TCU Financial Empowerment Program - High School
 
ASSET CATEGORY: $1 billion and more
1st Place: Teachers CU
TCU Financial Empowerment Program - High School

2015 Winners - Youth

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 million
1st Place: Tech CU
Hey Scouts!
 
ASSET SIZE: $500 million+
1st Place: Financial Center First CU
Education Equals Empowerment for Youth
 
2nd Place: Purdue FCU
PALS Financial Literacy Days 
 
Honorable Mention: Indiana Members CU
IPS #44 Student Incentive Program 
 

2015 Winners - Adult

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 million
1st Place: Via CU
Seminars in the Community
 
ASSET SIZE: $500 million+
1st Place: Financial Center First FCU
Education Equals Empowerment

2014 Winners - Youth

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 million
1st Place: Finance Center FCU

2014 Winners - Adult

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 million
1st Place: Finance Center FCU

2013 Winners - Youth

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 million
1st Place: Finance Center FCU
Youth Financial Education

2013 Winners - Adult

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 million
1st Place: Finance Center FCU
Adult Financial Education

2012 Winners - Youth

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 MILLION
1st Place: Finance Center FCU
Youth Financial Community Outreach
 
ASSET SIZE: $50-150 MILLION
1st Place: Indiana State University FCU
Tiger Cubs Pack #17
 

2012 Winners - Adult

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 MILLION
1st Place: Finance Center FCU
Adult Financial Community Outreach
 

2011 Winners

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 MILLION

1st Place: Finance Center FCU
Financial literacy in the community and a guiding strategies for serving members and the community.

ASSET SIZE: $500 MILLION OR MORE

1st Place: Centra CU
Commitment to improving financial literacy in the community

ASSET SIZE: $150-500 MILLION

1st Place: Finance Center FCU
Incorporating financial education in Indianapolis-area high schools

2010 Winners

ASSET CATEGORY: $50-150 MILLION

First Trust CU
CU in School provides a realistic, student-based point of view on gaining financial literacy

ASSET CATEGORY: $50-500 MILLION

Finance Center FCU
In an age of multi-tasking, multi-faceted strategy employed to educate high school students

2009 Winner

ASSET CATEGORY: OVER $250 MILLION

First Place: Finance Center FCU
Financial Literacy and Student Credit Union Program

2008 Winners

ASSET CATEGORY: $35-75 MILLION

First Place: Independent FCU
AEF/IFCU Grant for Economics

ASSET CATEGORY: $75-250 MILLION

First Place: REGIONAL Federal Credit Union
Setting Goals and Establishing the Groundwork for Good Money Habits

ASSET CATEGORY: OVER $250 MILLION

First Place: Finance Center Federal Credit Union
Financial Literacy & Student Credit Union Program

2007 Winners

ASSET CATEGORY: $250+ MILLION

First Place: Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union
Creative Ways to Teach Children and Parents About Money Concepts

ASSET CATEGORY: $35-$75 MILLION

First Place: Indiana State University Federal Credit Union
Working with Junior Achievement to Present Economics 101

2006 Winners

ASSET CATEGORY: $20 TO $80 MILLION

First Place: Perfect Circle CU
Financial Education Roadshow

Second Place: Evansville FCU
“Together, we’ll make it happen.”

ASSET CATEGORY: OVER $200 MILLION

First Place: Bayer FCU
NEFE education program at the Bashor Children’s Home

2005 Winners

ASSET CATEGORY: $20-$80 MILLION

First place: Perfect Circle CU
Youth Financial Literacy

ASSET CATEGORY: MORE THAN $200 MILLION

First place: Purdue EFCU
PEFCU at School

Honorable mention: Indiana University EFCU
High School Financial Literacy

2004 Winners

ASSET CATEGORY: $20-$80 MILLION

First place: Evansville FCU
Multiple projects for youth financial literacy

ASSET CATEGORY: $200 MILLION AND MORE

First place: Purdue EFCU
Multiple projects to develop youth financial literacy

Second Place: MidWest America FCU
Children and Money Workshops

Honorable Mention: Evansville Teachers FCU
Credit union youth projects, work with community groups

2003 Winners

ASSET CATEGORY: $80 TO $200 MILLION

First Place: Marion School EFCU
 

ASSET CATEGORY: MORE THAN $200 MILLION

First Place: Centra CU

Second Place: Professional FCU