SRCU Program History
TBA Credit Union is committed to advocating financial literacy through creative programs designed especially for area youth. The Student-Run Credit Union program is free and available to any school in the 5-county region. Credit union staff members help students operate their own school credit union branches:
- providing financial education to students,
- encouraging personal financial responsibility,
- increasing student confidence,
- developing responsibility and leadership skills,
- promoting practical math applications and
- cultivating career awareness and employ-ability skills.
In 2010, TBA Credit Union launched a unique program designed to encourage fiscal responsibility and leadership skills among area youth. Student-Run Credit Unions were introduced in four local schools that year in November and now eighteen operating branches exist throughout the five-county area. During the 2015-16 school year, 235 student volunteers processed 1,739 transactions, helping peers from eighteen elementary and middle schools save $18, 380.53! A Student-Run Credit Union can operate in any school at no cost to participating districts.
If you would like to see a Student-Run Credit Union Program at your school, please contact the marketing team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 231.946.7090.
What do participants say?
“The SRCU (program) has been a very positive experience for the students of Cherry Knoll, as well as for my own son at Westwoods. Students learn about the value of saving, pre-employment skills, and reinforce classroom learning through real-world connections and application. We value our partnership with TBA Credit Union and look forward to continued collaboration for the benefit of our students and community.”
Chris Parker, administrator and SRCU program parent
Additional Financial Education Programs
Our team would love to come and speak to your classroom. We create fun financial presentations for students of all ages. Most recently, TBACU co-hosted a Reality Fair at Traverse City East Middle School where 96 students attended. Students had the chance to pick one of 16 careers that they then explored the reality of life, (bills, unexpected expenses, etc) while living on the budget of their selected career.