Education and our Community

Find educational resources and what seminars are being offered in your area. There are many FREE sessions on budgeting, saving, and more (and you don't have to be a member to attend).

Don't forget to read up on news about the local communities we serve. From signature events to fundraisers, our community involvement is changing lives every day!

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Albert Roman, Jr

As a retired United States Marine, determination and dedication are a few words you could use to describe Albert Roman, Jr., affectionately called Vinny by his friends and family.

What can I buy with my first paycheck? Should I open a checking account? Why should I start saving for college, or a car, now? Why is everything I want to buy so expensive? Those are just some of the questions typical teenagers ask as they start thinking about a first job. The concepts of managing money through budgeting, saving, and making wise decisions on spending are often a big unknown for most youth. But, with a direct correlation between financial well-being and success in school, eventual careers, and life, it's important to start understanding these concepts early.

SEFCU's Institute for Financial Well-Being had a unique opportunity to exhibit at the Girls World Expo. Offered in partnership with iHeart Media and sponsored by SEFCU, GirlsWorld Expo is a national movement of one-day events for teenage girls. The Albany Expo was diversely designed to connect young women with their community, empowering them to discover their potential and find their best path to personal and professional success.

Recently, 50 Russell Sage College students participated in a session called "Understanding and Managing Credit" that helped them understand their attitudes about money and discover a system of prioritizing wants and needs.

How will you spend your money in the next few months, or the next year and beyond? It's a good idea to put your goals in writing and create a spending plan that will give you enough money for every day expenses, while helping you save for your goal. Check out five tips for smart spending and saving.

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SEFCU's Institute for Financial Well-Being is setting the standard for financial education offered by a credit union. This year, our focus is on advancing the model across the state and nationally to assist organizations in providing credible resources to support member groups, community organizations, and individuals' access to financial education.

Through several summer youth employment programs and camps in the City of Albany, Schenectady County, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Binghamton, SEFCU's team of financial educators will help hundreds of youth understand the importance of financial responsibility and how to achieve it.

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SEFCU's Institute for Financial Well-Being was honored with the New York Credit Union Association's 2018 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award, an award created to recognize model credit union efforts to provide personal finance education concepts and skills to individuals under age 18.

Ramon Morales, Employee Recipient

After moving to the Buffalo area more than 25 years ago, Ramon met a co-worker named Marylou Borowiak (who happens to be a former Why I Care recipient).