Saving to Achieve Results
It is STAR’s mission to help instill financial literacy and responsibility among members of youth community centers by providing access to financial services and the opportunity to participate in the development and operation of the credit union.
Serving the Community
Each summer STAR CU runs a book club using a book that has financial literacy as their central theme. Past books have included The Toothpaste Millionaire, Kid Power, and How to Steal a Dog. This program enables members to learn financial lessons as they relate to everyday life while enhancing site reading and reading comprehension skills.
STAR members enjoy learning about other local cooperatives during Co-op Connection. This program features field trips to several local cooperatives to learn how they operate and what their differences are. A huge thank you to all our past field trip hosts: Willy Street Co-op, Union Cab, Just Coffee Cooperative, CUNA, Nature’s Bakery, and REI.
Grow Your Green
Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new program sponsored by a SARE youth educator grant. This program teaches members about the value of sustainable agriculture and how that can be applied in an entrepreneurial way.
STAR teen events apply financial knowledge to real-life situations.
The Reality Store is a simulation of a month in the life of a 28 year old, complete with a salary, bill paying, and furnishing a home.
Taliyah has a magnetic personality and energy that lends well to being STAR’s public relations manager. Taliyah loves to talk about STAR and help kids learn about what STAR offers. Taliyah is also a talented dancer, and you can find her creating new routines or working hard to perfect old routines.
Jacinda is a wordsmith, writing copy for STAR’s commercials, posters, and social media posts. Not only is she a talented writer, she also is a creative genius creating social media contests to promote STAR’s mission and vision. When she’s not dazzling with her words, Jacinda can be found tumbling for Madison Turners.
You can find Tiana behind the teller desk on Tuesday afternoons. Tiana has a strong work ethic and commitment furthering STAR’s mission and vision. When she’s not working you can find her running for Girls on the Run or dominating in Monopoly.
Tiana also works as STAR’s research manager, implementing surveys and making sure our member’s voices are heard.
Tadaria Art Director
Tadaria works for STAR as our art director. Tadaria is not only a talented artist but an energetic, enthusiastic promoter of STAR CU. Outside of work Tadaria can be found making anyone around her laugh and working hard on her school work.
STAR Credit Union was founded in 2005 by two credit union CEO’s who were frustrated with constantly trying to undo bad habits. Instead of fixing mistakes, they thought, why not teach good habits to those most likely to fall into financial pitfalls? Summit Credit Union continues to support STAR and maintains its commitment to educating low-income youth.
New state of the art credit union at the Taft Street location!
When the STAR members were told about credit unions being included in the Finance Reform Bill, they sprung into action. STAR members are grateful that credit unions are able to provide programs like STAR to the community, reaching beyond basic services for their members and creating opportunities for those who did not know they existed before. As they understood the importance of the tax, their efforts increased. What started with handwritten letters and signs turned into a video campaign, Tweeting and Instagram. In addition to encouraging members to display their concern through Twitter accounts, the Marketing Committee started a Vine account and Twitter for STAR where members could post their thoughts and pleas.
STAR member earns over $500 in her STAR account and decides to use some of the funds to open a CD at Summit Credit Union. Congratulations Kelsey!
STAR Celebrates 10 years!
New credit union space at the Boys and Girls Club Allied location
In my previous blog I mentioned interest rates, but didn’t quite explain what it is exactly. There are basically two ways of earning interest, both benefit you and your account, though one way has a much bigger impact. The two ways to earn interest we are going to discuss, are compound interest and simple interest. Simple interest […]
Everyone makes financial mistakes! I made a financial mistake and I’ve been working and helping out in STAR since I was seven. Just recently I over-drafted my account (over-drafting means to go negative) by seven dollars and my account closed due to the fact that I didn’t take action to go to Summit to fix it. One day I received a note in […]
Hi! My name is Wendolee Miranda as you may have noticed I am the newest blogger for STAR’s financial blog. I would like to start out by saying something’s about myself. I am 14 years old, in this upcoming September I will be turning 15 – YAY!! I like to do many things in my free time […]
I worked my first job this summer tutoring kids. When I got my paycheck I brought it into STAR instead of the check cashing store by my house. The credit union doesn’t even charge you to deposit a check!
STAR has taught me to save money instead of spending it on things I don’t need. I am saving for a car or college.
Today I put twelve pennies in my account. I now have $188.73! I am saving for college,even though I am only nine.
I earn money by doing chores and finding loose change, then I save it so I can go to college some day. College is important because I don’t want to be 40 and living on my mom’s couch.