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Smart Financial Foundation and Cornerstone Host 'Train the Trainer' Event
Friday, September 23, 2016 2:20 PM

The Smart Financial Foundation and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation teamed up to host a “Train the Trainer” event on Tuesday, Aug. 2. More than 25 Smart Financial Credit Union employees and community partners participated in the one-day training program held at the Stafford Civic Center, within the Stafford Municipal School District (1415 Constitution Ave. Stafford, Texas 77477).

Through the Train the Trainer program, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation provides financial literacy training to credit union staff, teachers, and community partners. All participants in the program review six topical student guides, an assortment of 45-minute teacher lesson plans, and a growing collection of online resources and learning activities.

Additionally, program participants receive training on BizKid$, a financial literacy initiative that includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, a website, and a monthly online newsletter targeting children 9-16 years old. All attending participants receive the aforementioned hard materials and practical hands-on content training. 

“We were very excited for the opportunity to host a Train the Trainer session with our friends at Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation,” said Tiffany Halfon, director at the Smart Financial Foundation. “This is another opportunity for Smart Financial Foundation to uphold its mission of offering financial literacy to our community.”

Train the Trainer programming is in accordance with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP). It is a turnkey financial literacy program specifically focused on basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of pre-teens, teens and young adults. The curriculum is organized into six topics: planning, borrowing, earning capability, investing, financial services, and insurance.

“Financial education is at the core of our mission,” said Courtney Moran, executive director of the Cornerstone Credit Union. “We truly believe in the importance of educating individuals on the basic understanding of personal finances. By hosting Train the Trainer sessions with community partners like the Smart Financial Foundation, we are providing young people and adults with the resources needed to plan for a secure financial future.”

Dedicated to changing lives, improving communities, and achieving dreams, the Smart Financial Foundation continues to partner with other organizations to help further educate students in the community it serves. The Smart Financial Foundation also supports charities that help children, indigent healthcare, and the overall educational community.

For more information regarding the Smart Financial Foundation, its work and how to become a donor, visit or connect with Smart Financial Foundation on Facebook.

For more information regarding the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, visit

About the Smart Financial Foundation
Dedicated to giving back to communities the “Smart” way, the Smart Financial Foundation was formed in 2013 for the purpose of giving back to communities that Smart Financial Credit Union serves. The Smart Financial Foundation strives to change lives, improve communities and achieve dreams by donating time, money and other resources to not only individuals but also to organizations that help raise credit union awareness. For more information, visit, call  713-407-1923 or engage with the Smart Financial Foundation on Facebook.

About the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation
The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation is the 501(c)(3) public charity of the Cornerstone Credit Union League. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting financial education programs for youth and adults, providing access to professional development for credit union staff and volunteers, and offering financial relief for credit union staff when disaster strikes. We receive financial support from credit unions, corporate partners, individuals, the Cornerstone Credit Union League, Credit Union Resources, and grants from other foundations.