SOURCE: Mountain America Credit Union

Mountain America Credit Union

September 17, 2015 12:00 ET

Mountain America Credit Union and Girl Scouts of Utah Launch Financial Literacy Program

Financial Dreams Patch Created

WEST JORDAN, UT--(Marketwired - September 17, 2015) - The Girl Scouts of Utah and Mountain America Credit Union are teaming up to promote financial awareness and teach girls how to wisely and responsibly handle money.

Financial literacy is a critical component for success in today's fast-paced world. Despite this fact, studies show that many Americans lack even a basic understanding of financial concepts and economic matters. The good news is research shows that positive personal financial behaviors are displayed when students K-12 are taught financial and economic concepts in meaningful, understandable ways.

"Financial education needs to begin at an early age, and should be an ongoing process," says Mountain America Chief Marketing Officer, Sharon Cook. "The Financial Literacy Patch Program allows the girls to learn about budgeting, saving, how credit works, and how to manage savings and checking accounts -- basic skills that provide a solid foundation for managing money. We are excited to work with the Girl Scouts of Utah to nurture a desire to learn about financial matters, incorporate sound principles, and set girls on a straight path to achieving their financial dreams."

Financial literacy is a key initiative of the Girl Scout mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. "We are thrilled with Mountain America's desire to create this program to educate girls about financial literacy," says Girl Scouts of Utah CEO, Janet Frasier. "Financial institutions play an important role in promoting and teaching money skills, and we are pleased to partner with them."

The Financial Dreams Patch Program from Mountain America Credit Union is now available through the Girl Scouts of Utah and is for Girl Scouts of all ages. Girl Scouts who fulfill the requirements and bring the completed patch form into the Salt Lake City Girl Scout shop will receive a free patch courtesy of Mountain America.

About Mountain America Credit Union
Mountain America Credit Union has more than $4.7 billion in assets and serves more than 544,000 members, wherever they are, through online and mobile banking, 86 branches in five states, and provides access to more than 30,000 ATMs and 5,000 shared-branching locations nationwide. With credit union roots dating back to the 1930s, Mountain America has become a tradition for many members, offering a variety of financial products and services for consumers and businesses, including savings accounts, auto loans, checking accounts, mortgage loans, business checking, student loans, SBA loans and retirement options. Visit www.macu.com for more information.

About Girl Scouts of Utah
Girl Scouts of Utah is a statewide organization committed to assisting Utah's girls in becoming the leaders of today and tomorrow. Girl Scouts provide fun opportunities of adventure, friendship, and self-discovery that girls can't get anywhere else. Through girl-led troops, girls participate in a variety of enriching experiences including extraordinary field trips, sports, skill-building clinics, community service projects and environmental stewardship that let girls thrive. Girl Scouting prepares our next generation of women to be better mothers, income-earners, leaders, and friends. For more information visit www.gsutah.org.

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