Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) has received the Cornerstone Credit Union League Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility Community Service for credit unions with assets over $1 billion for its work with Girls Inc. on its Empowerment Conference for teenage girls. Now in its second year, the conference, organized and underwritten by SSFCU, brought together successful women from a variety of large San Antonio area corporations to share on topics designed to help girls relate to others in their community, build confidence, understand the importance of making ethical choices and choose healthy lifestyles. A total of 168 girls attended this year.
In addition, SSFCU was recognized with a second place Cornerstone Credit Union League Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award for its College Fund Camp, produced in collaboration with Boerne Independent School District and the Boerne Chamber of Commerce. This series of events worked to improve the financial literacy of hundreds of teens and their parents by teaching concepts related to the cost of college, student loans, scholarships and debt.
"It's really important to help youth see the power of the choices they make," says Letha Harrelson, SSFCU's assistant vice president of business development and the team member responsible for both projects. "We are honored to be a part of helping them build a strong and ethical foundation. The skills we teach – from decision making to financial literacy – all help young people succeed. And when they succeed, the entire community succeeds."