MADISON, Wis. (1/21/14)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) will select 12 students from across America to serve one-year terms as youth editorial board members for Googolplex: The Credit Union Guide for Student Moneymakers, CUNA's online financial literacy toolkit.
Requests for applications are being accepted through March 7 for all 12 positions. The new student board members' terms will begin on June 1.
"The insight we receive from these bright students is instrumental in helping us to design financial literacy tools that resonate with children and young adults," said Rena Crispin, Googolplex managing editor. "We believe that it's vital to start financial education at a young age."
Googolplex is a youth-focused element of CUNA's onlineEDGE program, which guides credit union members through financial decisions at every stage of life. Googolplex features interactive games, videos, blogs and other content dealing with money matters and real life issues to promote financial literacy for youth age six to 18.
Youth editorial board members complete two brief monthly online critiques of stories and games in age-specific sections of Googolplex's award-winning three-in-one website.
At the end of the terms, each board member writes an original story for Googolplex.
Other board-member responsibilities include:
"Our youth board members provide us with feedback that ensures that their peers feel welcome and validated whenever they use Googolplex on their credit union's website," said Susan Tiffany, director of consumer periodicals at CUNA.
Board members must be in grades 3-12 in the fall of 2014 or, if home-schooled, of the same grade-level ages. They will work from home.
Applications are available by request from Laurel Purves, Googolplex youth editorial board liaison. Please state the child's grade level or age equivalent if home-schooled and use "Googolplex Youth Board Application" in the subject line. Requests are due by March 7.