Fourth youth Financial Academy to be held March 22-24

Dates: March 22--23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and March 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Redwood Credit Union offices, 3033 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa

Sponsors: Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa City Schools and the Sonoma County Office of Education

Registration: Nancy Miller, director of Career Pathways and Community Outreach for Santa Rosa City Schools, 707-528-5007,

Redwood Credit Union, along with  Santa Rosa City Schools and the Sonoma County Office of Education, is offering its fourth free Financial Academy for local high school students.

The 16-hour workshop uses the High School Financial Planning Program, created by the National Endowment for Financial Education, and covers topics from budgeting, financial planning, saving and investing to credit and debt management.

“We are passionately committed to financial literacy and strongly believe that money management skills learned at a young age are beneficial for a lifetime,” said Brett Martinez, president and chief executive officer of the credit union. “Eventually, we would like to see financial management skills made a mandatory part of the state’s high school economics curriculum, so we are piloting and examining the process through these extracurricular financial academies – and we are pleased to see that some schools are already looking at ways to incorporate financial literacy as a requirement.”

Redwood Credit Union has hosted three previous academies since 2009, and received positive response from students, parents and educators. The Credit Union also offers many other financial literacy and outreach programs, and hosts a variety of free educational seminars and events for their Members and the community throughout the year.

Students currently in 11th or 12th grade at any Sonoma County high school are eligible to enroll. Enrollment is limited.

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