Helping 9th graders experience the “real world”

first_img 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lacey Yasick Lacey is the Communications Manager for the National Credit Union Foundation. She works to develop and execute all communication efforts that support the Foundation’s national programs and engagement strategy.Lacey … Web: Details “He told me how he was getting frustrated from having a good amount of money, to barely having $20 at the end. He told me he can see how hard it is for his dad and myself…raising four children and both working full-time jobs. I was happy, and proud that he got to experience a little of what being an adult is and what comes with it,” said the mother of a child who attended High Plains Federal Credit Union’s Reality Check Day.This was the reaction of a parent whose 9th grader just attended a special experiential learning event put on by their local credit union in collaboration with the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, and over 2o community partners. Through the combined efforts of the community partners, High Plains Federal Credit Union (HPFCU) created a “Reality Check Day” at a local high school. What is a Reality Check Day you may ask?Through an Experiential Learning Grant distributed from the National Credit Union Foundation, HPFCU was able to host a day-long event called “Reality Check Day” that placed high school students into the shoes of their future selves, and sensitized them to the financial hardships that some American families experience every day.HPFCU utilized CUNA’s Mad City Money program, a hands-on experience that allows students to learn some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own. Students identify their career and starting salary, and are required to complete a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly means.Throughout the fair, there are many temptations for additional spending, helping students learn to balance needs versus wants. This experience helps students to learn about finances, budgeting, and how hard it might be for their parents to provide for their families.In addition to the Mad City Money program, the Reality Check Day also included a Poverty Simulation/Life Simulation, in which the students learned what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family, struggling to survive month to month. This simulation helps students to be more aware of the daily realities that many families face each day, and the emotions that come from money stress and making financial decisions.“Reality Check Day made an impact on over 580 freshman students plus their parents, teachers, community leaders and over 60 volunteers,” said Veronica Barnard, MSR Manager at HPFCU. “It was an eye opener for the students. They learned about debt, cash flow, budgeting and life as a low income family. In addition to new knowledge, they also took away valuable skills such as completing employment applications, time management, the use of a financial institution, how to find community resources, and the importance of saving for unexpected expenses. They now have a sense of how important finances are in their family’s day to day life. They have also created a relationship with their parents about finances that they never understood before.”This Reality Check Day made a lasting impact on these 9th grade students, who are now better prepared for their financial future. Through the hard work of their local credit union, and valuable community partners who volunteered their time, these students were given a dose of reality.You can see a video highlighting the Reality Check Day here. last_img read more

Irish in Olympic action

first_imgIn Sailing, both Finn Lynch and Annalise Murphy who finished 4th in London 2012 hit the water in their events.In Equestrian the Irish three day evening team are also in action.They’re fifth overall at present.Last night the hockey team lost their second group game to the NetherlandsThe final score was 5-0 In rowing, the events are expected to resume today after everything was postponed yesterday due to high winds.At three thirty Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe go in the lightweight double sculls.At ten to four West Cork brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan are in action in the lightweight double sculls. In Swimming, Shane Ryan finished 16th overall in the 100m Backstroke semi-final after an 8th place finish in the first heat of the event late night.Ryan returns to the pool for the 100m Freestyle on Tuesday.last_img read more

Australia visa scandal: Why it’s hard to trust Akufo-Addo to punish culprits

first_imgGhana has a rich history of sporting scandals that have brought disgrace to the nation at international level.We’ve profiled some of the most notorious of them (click here to read), but what all of them have had in common is how successive governments have failed to punish culprits for political expediency.Politics pervades every aspect of Ghanaian society, and to think a sector as politically lucrative as sports will be spared represents the height of naiveté.Sports is an instrument of political influence which is used in diverse ways to further the cause of political entities. The phenomenon is hardly limited to Ghana or Africa. The difference, however, is the level of abuse which ultimately result in disgrace and shame for the country.A lot of decisions in Ghana sports are tainted with political considerations to the detriment of the sector. The shame at Brazil 2014, when Ghana airlifted more than $3 million for Black Stars players and officials, and indeed the other tournaments could have been avoided had laid down structures been allowed to work.Now that the nation is reeling from yet another one in the shape of the Australia visa scandal, where investigations have started into how dozens of Ghanaians tried to illegally exploit the just-ended Commonwealth Games for their own ends, can we trust the President to finish what he’s started?  How we dealt with Brazil – a reminderThe outrage after the Brazil 2014 airlifting fiasco was palpable for two reasons: the GFA/Black Stars players seeming lack of patriotism and the political dealings which contributed to a botched football campaign. The Justice Dzamefe Presidential commission of Inquiry was instituted by a Constitutional Instrument (CI 82) to, among other things, look into the preparation of the Black Stars and the lapses that culminated in Ghana’s early exit from the tournament.For four months the commission sat. It interviewed 87 witnesses, and presented a report to the President, a further two months later. Then President, John Mahama, promised to work on the recommendations, but that promise was received with skepticism. Failure to sack Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the man under whose watch the entire World Cup saga unfolded did the government of the day and the country a huge disservice.Long story short, the John Mahama administration issued a White Paper on the Dzamefe Commission report, locked and forgot about it. By December 2016 when his government were voted out, the report was but a memory. Can Akufo-Addo be trusted to crack the whip?The ruling administration has pontificated protection of the public purse by rooting out corruption, with the newly appointed Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu as its poster boy. Nana Akufo-Addo is a man who has long had a reputation for being intolerant towards corruption.It was no surprise that his first response to the latest shame at the Commonwealth Games in Australia was to suspend the Deputy Sports Minister Pius Hadzide.President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah; the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, and the Chef-de-Mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mohammed Sahnoon were recalled from the Games to assist the Criminal Investigation Department in a probe.Ordinarily the President’s response should inspire confidence of an end to this canker, and although some have lauded the move, many more still are skeptical. I’m one of those who is not overly excited by the suspension of Hadzide, at least until the Police CID conclude their investigations and the real culprits, which include people from the sports ministry and the NSA, have been made to face the full rigours of the law. We’ve been here beforeThe Kufuor administration prosecuted and jailed Mallam Issah, then sports minister, in 2001.The conspiracy theories vary depending on who’s speaking. What is clear was that Mallam Issah was not ‘one of their own’. He was a member of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and was co-opted into the NPP administration under the President’s all-inclusive government policy, which also saw the CPP’s Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom made Energy and Public Sector Reform Minister.Issah has always maintained his innocence and insists he was framed by elements within the Kufuor administration with the connivance of the then President.The John Mahama administration moved Elvis Afriyie Ankrah from the sports ministry to the presidency when Ankrah was implicated by the Dzamefe Commission, a move which afforded him a safe haven. It shielded him from being dealt with by the law. Worlanyo Agra, implicated in a probe into stinking money guzzling in 2011, continues to walk a free man despite been culpable for several breaches of the country’s procurement laws.The President’s current response is consistent with what we’ve seen in recent years. The various political regimes tend to shield ‘their own’ in matters like these.If there’s a reason Ghana continues to be the subject of ridicule and shame on the global stage it is because successive governments have failed to crack the whip when situations have called for it.A missed opportunity The President will look back at an utterance he made in January and admit it was a grave error.At the Presidential Encounter, Asempa FM’s Patrick Osei-Agyeman (aka Countryman Songo) asked the head of state what he planned to do about the World Cup’s Commission of Inquiry report.“I have forgotten about the 2014 paper…it has not been very much on my radar,” the president confessed. With the current nonsense from Australia threatening to mar his zero tolerance of corruption quest, Nana Addo will be the first to admit that, perhaps, implementing the recommendations of the Dzamefe Commission would have forestalled this visa scandal.Implementation of the recommendations made by the Dzamefe Commission, one of many from the several scandals the country has been engulfed in, would have inspired confidence in the actions by his excellency today, in response to Ghana’s latest shame. At the moment it looks like business as usual…until those found culpable stand in the witness box of a law court to prove their innocence. If it’s some of ‘their own’, that would be massive political points for the regime.But they never touch their own, do they?—last_img read more

Double award winner Martel now playing for West Kelowna Diamondbacks

first_imgLocal Nelson Little league baseball player Brendan Martel was the winner of the Rollie Lussier Memorial trophy for top Nelson Baseball Association umpire and the Dean Wells Memorial for sportsmanship and dedication to the game for the 2013 season.Martel is now playing Midget AAA baseball for the West Kelowna Diamondbacks in the BC Minor Baseball league.The Lussier and Wells trophies are in memory of these two men that were passionate volunteers and mentors for the local association for many years here in Nelson.last_img read more