Our Annual Day of Service is an all-day service event where BECU employees visit local high schools to teach teens essential budgeting skills. Setting aside a day for us to serve is at the heart of who we are.
Our Annual Day of Service is an event where all BECU employees provide financial education to high school students. Teaching healthy financial habits to students before they embark on their adult lives helps teens develop awareness, and make educated saving and spending decisions.
Giving back is part of our DNA. Our employees volunteer thousands of hours in their communities throughout the year, but we wanted to dedicate one day to ensure that our whole team could participate. We started with our 80th anniversary in 2015 and now it's an annual tradition. We chose to observe this on Indigenous People's Day, as it is a day our branches are normally closed.
Since we began our Annual Day Of Service, we have reached thousands of students. It is the biggest example of our commitment to the importance of people helping people, a philosophical part of our credit union's very fabric since opening our doors in 1935. As a member of a cooperative, we encourage you to make this holiday a day of service as well by volunteering with your favorite local non-profit. We'd love to hear about your volunteer experience, share photos and stories with us on social media.
On October 9, 2017, BECU employees hosted financial reality fairs at 12 local high schools in Puget Sound and Spokane reaching more than 7,000 high school students.
Last year, we went digital with our financial curriculum, allowing tech-savvy students to utilize an app to experience the Financial Reality Fair. The app-based program allowed us to reach more than three times the number of students we reached in 2016. This year, we will reach even more students and schools.
The Next Big Talk
We can't reach every student or parent through our day of service, so we developed The Next Big Talk. It serves as a resource for parents looking for information and encouragement to discuss finances with their teens. We believe that talking with teens about money is as important as speaking to them about any other life challenges. We also know that not all parents feel equipped to have this conversation, so we created a conversation guide focused on four areas of financial health: spending, saving, borrowing and planning. The guide is designed to spark conversation between parents and teens on the topic of managing money responsibly. It includes discussion questions, tips for healthy financial behaviors and activities to reinforce the four areas of financial health.
What about Financial Reality Fairs for other schools?
Outreach to schools is important to BECU! We are interested in offering financial education to teens throughout our service area. Our team of financial educators offers BECU's Reality Check, a classroom version of a financial reality fair, to as many students as possible. Each year, we visit high schools all over western Washington and Spokane. BECU's Reality Check is free for schools.
Interested in having a BECU Reality Check at your school? Request it in through our classroom request form!
I would love my teen to attend a similar event. Where do I sign up?
We offer Financial Reality Fairs for our members throughout the year; these free events happen periodically. Keep an eye out for our next event – we'll post it on our News page and on our social media channels. We also offer budgeting tools, articles, seminars and webinars appropriate for a variety of ages on our website, including The Next Big Talk conversation guide. Take a look and do an activity together as a family.